Every resident of Cleveland has the right to be safe in their home. Every resident of Cleveland has a right to live in a neighborhood that is safe for themselves and their family. There is nothing more important.
Clevelanders need jobs. Cleveland’s industries need skilled, qualified workers. It is unconscionable that the same community can have unemployment and underemployment coexisting with available, family-sustaining jobs.
The time to merely talk about addressing the digital divide in Cleveland must come to an end. City government must lead the development and creation of broadband internet access for all city residents, and the necessary support technology to create universal digital inclusion across our community.
The effects of housing instability can be – and often are – devastating to families in Cleveland. I view this issue as a core challenge to our community – a challenge that needs to be both understood and regarded as a key priority for city government.
In the leadup to the arrival of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in 2016, a local film project known as “The Fixers” sought to highlight the challenges faced by low-income Clevelanders that otherwise would have been missed by the thousands of journalists who came to town to cover the convention.
The State of Ohio is intent on making voting as inconvenient and difficult as legally possible. During the 2020 election cycle, Ohio led the nation in a voter-purge law that made it to the United States Supreme Court.
Cleveland is again facing an economic crisis that demands bold action. Like its New Deal predecessor, the Cleveland Jobs Now will be a massive jobs program – the biggest program of its kind in Cleveland since the original WPA.
The federal government outlawed the use of lead in paint in 1978. Still over 40 years later, children in Cleveland and other cities in the United States are being poisoned by the presence of lead in older paint in homes in which they live.
The subject of opioid addiction has received a great deal of attention in recent years. It is a unique problem in many parts of the United States and particularly in states like West Virginia, Ohio and other “rust belt” areas
For Cleveland to be successful, to continue to grow and enhance our communities, we must be a “welcoming community” for immigrants. Effectively welcoming and retaining newly arrived residents is not only the right thing to do – it is a necessary strategy to generate economic development and opportunity in Cleveland.
There is no question that the role of city planning is crucial in a post-pandemic Cleveland. Refocusing our efforts to ensure that we emerge stronger than ever is a priority – and we must take this opportunity to rethink how we want Cleveland to feel, function, and thrive.
Finding pathways to improve the health of women in Cleveland and increasing economic opportunity for them will take a multi-step, multi-path effort. As Mayor, I will actively work to build a more equitable Cleveland for the women in our community and all who call Cleveland home.
Our reliance on fossil fuels is not sustainable. Our best path to renewables includes solar energy. As Mayor, I will build upon the work that I have done to date as Council President and make solar energy a viable option for Cleveland.