Sound fiscal management a priority for Sims in reelection bid
Steven Sims is a member of University Heights City Council, and says he is running for re-election because he cares about this community and the residents in it.
Sims has lived in University Heights for 27 years. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
In an interview, he said he aims to provide leadership for the future, making University Heights a better, more efficient, more fiscally sound city.
Sims is not only a councilman; he is also the director of the office of business development for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority.
He is running on a slate with three other council members: Kevin Murphy, who is also an incumbent, and two newcomers: Conor McLaughlin, an attorney, and Dan Hanna, who works in sales and marketing for the Cleveland Indians.
Sims said he formed a slate because “it is important to have other people that share the same common interests with you when you are elected, and to have a team of people to work (with).”
Asked what have been the greatest challenges during his time on council, Sims said, “A resistance to change, mostly, because there are many things about our city and government that need to be examined and need change. I have learned that change does not come easy.”
Sims said his biggest reward on council has been having the opportunity to see his presence make a difference. Before he came onto council, the city had a problem with deficit spending and did not have enough money to pay for what it spent. Since Sims has been on council, he and the members have been able to balance the budget, and put away money in a sort of “rainy-day fund.”
Sims believes that his biggest achievements on council were creating a greater concern for how the money is spent and how to get the most out of it. Also, he said, he helped residents to be heard, respected and have their opinions matter.
“ All that I have worked on in this community has given me and all the parties a chance to receive respect, and a voice that is heard.”
Sims said he is very close to the school system here in University Heights, so for the school levy proposal he will be voting yes.
Sue Pardee, who has worked with Sims on council since her election in 2009, had nothing but good things to say about him.
“My experience with Steven Sims was very good, and I am very supportive of him re-running for council. I worked with Sims for two years and he has good work ethic. At meetings he asks very good questions, and we (as a council) want a councilman to ask questions and be knowledgeable. I am also very impressed with the work he has done with the finance committee.”
She added that Sims “has a lot of experience in economic involvement, he is involved in a lot of things locally and internationally. He is a good asset and a very informed man.”
Denise Sobh is a student at John Carroll Univeristy who has been following this candidate for her journalism class.