Stein running unopposed to fill remainder of Tumeo's term on CH council

Jason Stein, the youngest member of Cleveland Heights City Council, was born and raised in Cleveland Heights. Involved and affiliated in multiple organizations around the community, Stein is well known for his advocacy for regionalism.

He is running unopposed in this November’s election and says he is looking forward to his coming term on council. Stein was sworn in just a few months ago, on June 6, to replace Mark Tumeo, who resigned in March to take up a new academic post in Florida.

Stein’s lack of opposition in this election is a contrast to the competition he faced last spring, when 18 candidates vied for Tumeo’s former seat on council. Part of the deal, when Stein was appointed in June, was that he must run in the election this fall in a special category, specifically to fill the remainder of Tumeo’s term, which ends in December 2013. This gives the public a chance to approve or disapprove of the choice council made last spring.

This is not Stein’s first full-fledged election campaign ­– he ran against Tumeo in 2009 and lost by about 200 votes. 

Stein says he is a person who loves the community and believes that Cleveland Heights is unique. One reason is its diversity.

”Cleveland Heights is a neighborhood like no other,” he said in an interview. “I don’t know of any other place in the country, and I’ve been to a number of different places, where people just get along so well. It doesn’t matter your background, it doesn’t matter what color you are, people just get along here. They’re friendly. It’s something about the people who choose to live here … we share the same value of community.”

Stein said he is proud to come from a place where neighbors offer help to each other.  “It’s like second nature, something natural. The people who choose to live here make its essence.”

Stein continues to say that he doesn’t know any other way of living, this is how he was brought up and that it’s the reason why he wants to help and give back to the community that gave him a great foundation. He believes Cleveland Heights has much to offer. Not only does it possess a population of great, diverse people, but it also boasts a great school and library system and has great parks and recreation facilities.

All of this convinced Stein to stay in Cleveland Heights and raise his children here.

Now that he is older, he said, he has started to notice a decreasing number of people moving away from the Cleveland Heights area. He says,

“There was time when it seemed like a lot of people were moving farther east – moving to Twinsburg, Solon or Beachwood ­– and I don’t see that any more. It seems like people are starting to see the benefits of living in an inner ring suburb and living in an established neighborhood.”

Somebody who appreciates the job that Stein has done in the community is Mayor Edward Kelley. Kelley commented that Stein has done a great job in his short time on council, and that he has gone out of his way to get involved with many groups inside the community.

“He has a younger perspective, on the council, and is a very hard worker,” said Kelley. “I would have to give him an A for his performance in his leadership experience so far.”

Alex Roman

Alex Roman is a student at John Carroll University who has been following this candidate for his journalism class. 

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 1:55 PM, 10.25.2011