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Cleveland City Council, Ward 2

Term: 4 yearsSalary: $80,133Councilman Zack Reed, who has represented Ward 2 since 2001, is running for mayor. The top two Ward 2 candidates in the September primary were Kevin L. Bishop, who owns Kadillac Transportation Services, and Geoff A. Fitch, who works in economic development. They will face off in November.Ward 2 includes the city's southeast neighborhoods of Mount Pleasant, Union-Miles, and Mill Creek Falls.
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What can the city do to create a more positive relationship between the Cleveland police and residents of the city's struggling neighborhoods? Should city officials do more to support the work of the Cleveland Community Police Commission?

Is there anything the city can do to improve the health of our children--specifically, to decrease infant mortality rates and to stop the scourge of lead poisoning?

What new city policies or actions would help Cleveland increase its population and employment opportunities?

Are there actions city officials could take to combat the opioid epidemic?

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Age 37
Education Martin L. King HS (CMSD) - '99 Ohio State University - '03 -Political Science -International Studies Moody Theological Seminary (incomplete) -MA. Urban & Intercultural Studies Duke University -Non-profit Management Graduate Certificate
The City of Cleveland can insure that it is putting the interest of communities first. There is a need for crime reduction strategies that work. Currently there is the perception that the needs of the police force are put ahead of the needs and concerns of the public. The police union and union officials seem to have forgotten that they volunteered to protect and serve. From the vantage point of the neighborhoods, it seems that the police force is afraid to do their jobs. This state of fear dictates the level of service they provide to the community.

The City of Cleveland should support the work of the Cleveland Community Police Commission, to ensure that the police force has the tools needed so they can complete their duty with confidence. The Cleveland Police needs ShotSpotter, a gunshot detection technology. This will allow them first and foremost to respond to every gunshot. Secondly, it will provide police with accurate information on where gunshots are coming from so they can respond to the right location with the right amount of force.
The City can help inform expecting mothers of the importance of prenatal care, proper placement of sleeping babies and helping to reduce teen pregnancy. When it comes to lead poisoning the city can ensure that older structures are demolished in a timely fashion. Slumlords are purchasing homes that should be demolished, not obtaining the proper permits and leasing them out a below market rates. They are looking for low income families, many of whom have small children, to rent these homes.

The City of Cleveland is headed in the right direction on this issue. Ensuring that inspections are done in rental properties with small children. More is need on housing demolition.
There are two main indicators of a thriving city. The first is safety; the second is a great education system. Cleveland must reduce crime, particularly shootings and murders. No one will want to move into a place or invest in a place where there is higher than average chance that they may be shot, maimed or murdered.

While secondary to safety, education is a leading indicator of future success. This is true both for children and the City of Cleveland. While CMSD is headed in a positive direction, it is not enough and our children deserve much better; too many schools are still segregated and funding formulas are still unconstitutional. If we are to see our City and region grow, we must fight for equal rights to a quality education. No parent should be forced to choose between failing public schools and failing charter schools for their children.

If we are to see population and employment increases in our city and region, we must fight for a single countywide school system. It is time to give every child access to a quality education, not just those who can move across jurisdictional lines. The current system favors the haves, when it is those who have the least that need the greatest assistance. We must fight for an equality of opportunity and this starts with education. What's needed is universal preschool, year-round schooling, countywide schools and putting children's interest first.
The city's efforts are laudable in their efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. Providing first responders with the tools need to save live. More is needed to prevent addition, and to aid in recovery. Organizations that aid in recovery services need to be fully funded.

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