Cleveland Heights voters opt for change

Voters approved Cleveland Heights Issue 26, the charter amendment that will allow residents to directly elect the city's mayor, with a vote of 6,922 (64.10 percent) to 3,877 (35.9 percent).

In Cleveland Heights City Council races, five candidates vied for three 4-year term seats, while two candidates vied for a single 2-year term, to fill the seat vacated by former council member Cheryl Stephens and serve out the remainder of her unexpired term.

In the 4-year term race, Melody Joy Hart garnered the most votes, with 6,358 (25.56 percent), followed by incumbents Kahlil Seren, with 5,644 votes (22.69 percent), and Mary Dunbar, with 4,670 (18.77 percent). Candidates not winning seats on council were Anthony Mattox Jr., with 4,209 votes (16.06 percent), and incumbent Carol Roe, with 3,995 votes (16.06 percent). Roe is the city's current mayor (elected by city council).

In the race for the 2-year term, Davida Russell, with 5,669 votes (57.84 percent), beat out Craig Cobb, with 4,133 (42.16 percent). Cobb had been appointed by council in April 2019, to serve through the end of the year.

For complete election results, visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (BOE) results page.

[Editor's note: All the results recapped here are classified as "unofficial" by the BOE, as of the morning of Nov. 6, with 100 percent of precincts reporting, and all absentee ballots counted.]

Kim Sergio Inglis

Kim Sergio Inglis is editor-in-chief of the Heights Observer, and is a Cuyahoga County master gardener volunteer.

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