Democrat Phil Robinson runs for County Council in District 11 Campaign focuses on economic development and government efficiency

Phil Robinson. Photo courtesy Phil Robinson

University Heights resident and Democrat, Phil Robinson, is running for the Cuyahoga County Council seat in District 11. The district includes Beachwood, Euclid, Lyndhurst, Richmond Heights, South Euclid and University Heights. The primary election is Sept. 7. 

“For our region to continue growing, we need a government that can operate in the 21st century,” said Robinson. “My experiences working in the public, private and nonprofit sectors give me a unique perspective on how to modernize our government to meet the challenges of the future.”

Robinson’s three-prong platform includes creating a government that provides excellent health and human services, as well as judicial services, while controlling costs and ensuring transparency; energizing the local economy through new land-use policies and economic and workforce development; and attracting bright minds and young families by marketing the region and opening an immigrant welcome center.

Robinson sees the newly formed county council as being responsible for delivering health and human services in an efficient, compassionate manner; fostering an environment for sustainable economic development; ensuring tax dollars are spent wisely; providing a meaningful check and balance to the County Executive; and facilitating collaboration between local governments.

“The citizens of Cuyahoga County have spoken, and I am committed to bringing them the government they deserve.  I’ll work to ensure that county services are effective and efficient, government is open and honest, and that the county workforce is the best it can be.

“This is a critical moment in our region’s history, and it requires a new set of leaders with innovative ideas. We have a real opportunity to reinvent our county and write its next chapter. Together, we can make our new government as good as its promise,” said Robinson.

Robinson serves as a 2010 Cleveland Executive Fellow, where he developed business growth plans and coauthored a study on improving local neighborhoods. Robinson also worked for U. S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and later for two Fortune 500 global communications firms. Robinson graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, D. C. with a degree in finance. He lives in University Heights with his wife, Elizabeth.

Robinson is endorsed by State Senator Nina Turner; State Representative Mike Foley; Tim Downing, Beachwood resident and Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Executive Committee member; and Ronald Register, Cleveland Heights-University Heights School Board member.

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Leah Knapp lives in University Heights with her husband, Brad.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 11:27 AM, 06.11.2010