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C.A.M.E.O. Picnic Hosts Congressional and County Candidates for Office

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On Sunday afternoon, July 22, along with our colleague, Mr. George Koussa, we attended the 28th annual picnic of the Cleveland American Middle East Organization (aka C.A.M.E.O.) that was held at Middleburg Heights Recreation Park in Middleburg Heights, Ohio.

Our friend, Mr. Pierre Bejjani, C.A.M.E.O.'s president, praised Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC for generously sponsoring this event as well as other members of the organization who worked very hard to make the picnic a success: Mr. Tony Abdulkarim, Mr. Faris Alameh, and Mr. Nemr (Tiger) Soueidi, who watched over the grill and made sure everyone had enough hamburgers and chicken.

Also immensely helpful was Ms. Tracy Martin, Mr. Bejjani's assistant at Profile News, who made sure all of the used plates and utensils were properly disposed of so that the picnic tables were constantly clean.

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We really enjoy attending this event because we get to meet a lot of the candidates who are running for public office in the Fall 2018 election. 

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Accordingly, we got to hear from U.S. Congressional candidates Ms. Susan Moran Palmer (Democrat-District 16), Mr. David Macko (Libertarian-District 14), and a gentlemen somewhat bizarrely dressed as a knight who arrived, spoke, and left before we could double-check his name and political affiliation—but we believe he was running as a write-in in the 9th district.

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish stopped to wish us all well. We also got to hear from candidates for Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court (representing both parties): Mr. James Satola, Ms. Emily Hagan, Mr. Brian Darling, Ms. Lori Ann Dyke, and Ms. Lorraine Coyne.

In addition, Ms. Jennifer O'Malley, a prosecutor running for Juvenile Court Judge, got to say a few words. She was accompanied by her uncle, Mr. Pat O'Malley, who once served as Cuyahoga County Recorder and as a member of the Cleveland City Council. He is an old friend of Ms. Wong's and told us to be sure to say hello to her.

Another person who knew Ms. Wong as well as her entire family was Mr. Satola, who worked at Pearl of the Orient (nka Pearl Asian Kitchen) in Shaker Heights from 1979 to 1986 before becoming an attorney. He expressed appreciation for the support Ms. Wong has given him over the years.

For us, the most moving speech was that of Ms. Susan Moran Palmer. She spoke about a colleague's aging mother from Egypt who was having a very difficult time gaining entry into the United States. Ms. Moran Palmer said she believed such actions were very discriminatory against people from the Middle East and therefore, due to the interconnectedness of all humans, she felt like she was being assaulted too.

We were at the C.A.M.E.O. picnic from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Then we left to fulfill another commitment, so it's possible more candidates may have attended after we left. We plan to hear them all, however, at the C.A.M.E.O. candidates' night on August 8. After that, we will make up our mind regarding which candidates to endorse at the meeting on September 12. 

 

Michael Patterson

Community Liaison

Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC

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