Armond Budish Campaign Kickoff
On Wednesday, January 10th, we attended the "Campaign Kickoff" of Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish who is seeking re-election to a second term. The event took place at noon at "Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 120" on Halle Drive in Valley View.
We didn't really expect that too many people would make it there at the middle of the day on a weekday but we were very much mistaken because the large room was quite full of elected officials, concerned citizens, community activists, and union people.
The number of local mayors in attendance was truly astonishing. Among those we recognized were Frank Jackson (Cleveland), Martin Horwitz (Beachwood), Michael Gammella (Brook Park), Gary Starr (Middleburg Heights), Georgine Welo (South Euclid), Brad Sellers (Warrensville Heights), Ed Krause (Solon), Tim McGeeter (Parma), Kristin Holzheimer Gail (Euclid), Trevor Elkins (Newburgh Heights), Mike Bryne (Parma Heights), Kathy Mulcahy (Orange Village), Earl Leiken (Shaker Heights), Annette Blackwell (Maple Heights), Michael Dylan Brennan (University Heights), Sam Ali (Broadview Heights), Michael Summers (Lakewood), Eileen Ann Patton (Fairview Park), and Richard Bain (Pepper Pike).
In addition to the mayors, other elected officials who were present included Cleveland City Councilpersons Matt Zone, Phyllis Cleveland, and Anthony Brancatelli as well as Cuyahoga County Councilpersons Dan Brady (the President of the Council), Yvonne Conwell, and Sunny Simon. In addition, Ohio State Senator Joe Schiavoni recognized us and walked over to say hello. We also once again congratulated Ohio State Rep. Stephanie Howse on how well she spoke at the CDWC gathering that we attended Monday evening and thanked her for the upcoming legislation that she will be proposing on behalf that will give localities the option of being welcoming cities to the undocumented.
Along those lines, we felt good about being here at this event because County Executive Budish has always been willing to listen to what we have to say regarding matters pertaining to immigration and we thus count him as a friend.
Mayor Tim DeGeeter of Parma coordinated the actual program which was appropriate because he once served with County Executive Budish in the Ohio State Legislature. After an opening prayer by the Reverend Dr. E. Theophilus Caviness, testimonies in support of County Executive Budish were offered by Mayor DeGeeter, Mayor Jackson, Cuyahoga County Council President Brady, Mayor Sellers (who also expressed support on behalf of U.S. Congressperson Marcia Fudge), and Cuyhoga Councilperson and Cuyahoga Democratic Party Chair Shontel Brown. They all said that the County Executive is an especially effective and fair leader who has built the necessary partnerships that are imperative to the successful governance of Cuyahoga County as a whole as well as its localities.
When it was time for County Executive Budish, himself, to speak he thanked all us for turning out on this occasion and said that he hoped to continue working with us for the betterment of Cuyahoga County. Although he readily maintained that there was a lot of work yet to be done, he was pleased with accomplishments in such areas as business development, job creation, accessibility of government services, health care availability, public safety, and community improvements. He mentioned a few specifics but he said with a twinkle that if we wanted a comprehensive overview, we would have to come to his next state of the county address April which we very much plan to do.
In fact, if County Executive Budish is re-elected (and we think his chances are more than pretty good) we plan to come to them for several years afterwards.
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