John Crist for District 10 County Council

Last November Cuyahoga County voters decided by a vote of 2-1 on a new form of county government.

On Sept. 7, primary election day, we take the next step in reforming Cuyahoga County government by selecting party candidates to run in the general election on Nov. 2. Cleveland Heights residents will elect a county council member from District 10.

Changing county government will not be easy. To quote H.L. Mencken, “There is always an easy solution to every human problem–neat, plausible and wrong." The new government will have to come up with complex and equitable solutions to a $19 million budget shortfall, deal with major department reorganizations, and build new relationships with local and state government officials.

I have confidence in John Crist and I encourage Cleveland Heights residents to vote for him for District 10 County Council. John is a Case Law School graduate and has an MBA from Weatherhead School of Management with a concentration in finance.

I have confidence in him not just because he is smart, down-to-earth and articulate, but because you can talk with him—really talk with him and exchange ideas. Try it yourself—invite him to your block party, or gathering of friends, or call him to get to know his stand on the issues. Even if you don’t agree with him on everything, he will listen and learn from your point of view, and you will come away from the conversation a more informed citizen.

Maybe he is young, but I like that in a person—no matter what their age. He is too young to think only about “no” and what we “can’t do;" he still really likes people and has faith in them. He is not pie-in-the-sky, he is hopeful. He believes things around here can be better and he is willing to work hard to make it happen.

There will be plenty of the same-old same-old on the new 11-person council. I’m voting for someone new; I am voting for John Crist and I urge you to vote for him, too.

Fran Mentch

Severn Road

Cleveland Heights

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 11:48 PM, 07.20.2010