Wilcox will not seek fifth term; eight others vie for CH City Council seats

Cleveland Heights Mayor Dennis Wilcox has announced that he will not run for reelection in the Nov. 3 general election. Wilcox, 62, is a principal with Climaco, Wilcox, Peca, Tarantino & Garofoli Co., L.P.A., specializing in business and corporate law. He has served four consecutive four-year terms on council, and was elected president of council—mayor of Cleveland Heights—in 2014. In Cleveland Heights, city council president is elected by city council members.

Wilcox cited the need to run his law firm and the desire to spend more time with his family as the reason for his decision not to run.

“Cleveland Heights is a great city, and I have enjoyed working with our excellent city staff and my hardworking colleagues on council,” he said in a press release. “I will dedicate myself to achieving goals in the next five months that council and the city have made a priority, including working to pass our additional 0.25 percent income tax in November.”

Every two years, three or four of the seven-member Cleveland Heights City Council seats are up for election. This year, in addition to Wilcox’s seat, the seats of Council Member Mary Dunbar, who has served on council since 2011, and Kahlil Seren, who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Janine Boyd in January 2015, are up for election. Both Dunbar and Seren are running in the Nov. 3 election.

So far, six additional residents have declared their candidacy: Julie Love, a CPA and freelance writer; Joe Miller, a technician with Emes Supply; Tas Nadas, a senior project manager at the Cleveland Clinic; Ryan Pierce, a project coordinator for government and foundation relations at Case Western Reserve University; Carol Ann Roe, a registered nurse and licensed attorney; and Keba Sylla, a Baldwin Wallace University professor. The filing deadline for Cleveland Heights candidates is Sept. 4.

Deanna Bremer Fisher

Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 11:34 PM, 08.31.2015