Outgoing CH Mayor Kelley to run for County Council
On Dec. 3, Cleveland Heights Mayor Edward J. Kelley announced his decision to run for Cuyahoga County Council. Kelley did not seek re-election to Cleveland Heights City Council and his term there will end on Dec. 31.
Kelley will run for the District 10 seat, currently occupied by Julian Rogers, who announced his resignation from county council on Nov. 20. Rogers resigned to take a position with Cleveland State University, and his resignation is effective Jan. 31, 2014.
“Julian Rogers has represented us well,” said Kelley, in a press release. “I will continue his commitment to public service, adding my own experience and understanding of the need for regional solutions. I know this will be a spirited campaign, and I welcome the opportunity to participate.
“My experience as an elected official involved issues affecting the poor and less fortunate, regional issues, housing, infrastructure and economic development initiatives, and the ongoing needs of our seniors and young people,” continued Kelley. “I know firsthand the challenges of this district and the creative solutions needed to go forward. I look forward to working with my district colleagues and all the elected officials representing District 10 to solve problems together. I commit to doing all that I can to strengthen Cuyahoga County and improve the lives of our citizens. I am honored to have served the residents of Cleveland Heights, the most diverse city in the United States, and will be honored to expand this service to the County.”
District 10 includes the cities of Bratenahl, Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland, University Heights and Cleveland's 10th and 11th Wards. According to a recent Cleveland.com article, the process for replacing an elected official under the Cuyahoga County’s new charter government is unclear. According to the charter, Democratic Party precinct members from District 10 will have 30 days from the date of resignation to pick someone to fill the vacated seat temporarily until the general election in November 2014. However, in order for the person they choose to be eligible to run for the seat in November, he or she must file as a partisan candidate by Feb. 5 in order to qualify for the May 2014 primary election—only five days after the resignation date.
Kelley served on Cleveland Heights Council from 1993–2013, serving as mayor for 16 years. While on council, he supported regionalism through his involvement with the First Suburbs Consortium. He worked for 25 years as personnel director in the Domestic Relations Division of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas and currently is director of administration for the law firm Kelley & Ferraro. He served on the RTA Board of Trustees for 10 years. His other board service includes the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, the Shaker Lakes Nature Center and the Senior Transportation Connection.
Deanna Bremer Fisher
Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.