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Cuyahoga County Council District 8

Term: 4 yearsSalary: $52,000Incumbent Democrat Pernel Jones Jr., of Cleveland, has served on County Council since it was formed in January 2011. He is running again this year and faces a challenge from Dyrone Smith, also of Cleveland. Smith won the Libertarian Party primary in April.District 8 covers Cleveland Ward 1 (Precincts B and C); Ward 2 (all Precincts except U, V and W); Ward 4 (Precinct T); Ward 5 (all except Precincts Q and R); Ward 6 (Precincts B and L); Ward 12 (Precincts D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K and L.01), Garfield Heights, Maple Heights, and the villages of Cuyahoga Heights and Newburgh Heights.

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Do you think the county administration could have done (or could still do) more to support the work of the County and Cleveland Boards of Health in their efforts to fight the COVID-19 virus?

Should county council have more authority (or better use the authority it already has) to act as a check on the powers of the county executive?

What can council do to be better informed about important decisions being considered by the county executive? Are there some issues--decisions about jail funding or fiscal office personnel, for example--that should require more consultation with council?

What would you like to do in your district to enhance the visibility, accessibility, and responsiveness of county government to your constituents?

What kinds of issues on council’s agenda are you most interested in and prepared to work on? Describe one or two broad areas.