Term: 4 yearsSalary: $80,133Incumbent Brian Cummins, who has been on Council since 2006, is running against four challengers: Kyle Cassidy, Nelson Cintron Jr., Omar Medina, and Jasmin Santana. Only the top two vote-getters will be on the November ballot.Ward 14 includes all or part of the West Side neighborhoods of Brooklyn Centre, Clark-Fulton, Stockyard, Tremont, and Cudell.
Bachelor Business Administration, Finance, Cleveland State University
Cleveland City Council Representative, Ward 14
Qualifications for office
I have 33-years of diverse professional for-profit, non-profit, Federal and Local Government experience. Bi-lingual in English and Spanish. Three-term Cleveland City Council Representative, Ward 14 and previously Ward 15, 2006 – 2017. Currently serve on Counci’s Health and Human Services (Chair); Development, Planning and Sustainability; Municipal Services and Properties; Utilities; and, Rules, Cleveland Community Relations Board; Advisory Board, AIDS Funding Collaborative. PREVIOUS PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS: Executive Director and Editor, Old Brooklyn Community Development Corp. & Old Brooklyn News, 2001 – 2005. || Chief Financial Officer, Community Shelter Board, Columbus, Ohio, 2000. || Associate Director, Administration, Peace Corps (PC); PC Moldova, Chişinău, Moldova, 1997 - 1999 and PC Russia Far East, Vladivostok, Russia, 1994 - 1997. || Technical Trainer, Economic Development, PC, Latvia; Riga, Latvia, 1993; and, Entrena, S. A., Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (DR), 1992. || Financial Adviser, PC Volunteer, Development Association of San José de Ocoa, San José de Ocoa, Dominican Republic, 1990 - 1992. || Various positions in the Trust Division, National City Bank, Cleveland, Ohio, 1984 - 1990.
The City can do more to improve relationships between residents, the business community and the Police. With the new increase in City income tax passed in 2016, the city needs to carryout the hiring of additional police officers and deploy officers in ways that increase positive interactions with the police. Deployments can include Neighborhood Impact Community Engagement units, more foot patrols, continuation of the Community Service Units and some form of mini-station - located in a prominent and accessible location within a commercial district in each of the five police districts. The City also needs to carryout the creation of separate neighborhood community relations committees that liaison with the Community Police Commission.
City officials should do more to support the work of the Cleveland Community Police Commission.
The City and County should continue to support the collaborative efforts of the First Year Cleveland initiative and complete the three-year plan that will guide in coordinating efforts to reduce infant mortality. The City should also support and build more internal capacity to collect and analyze data that can assist in identifying information that can be used to target resources for reduction of the infant mortality rates.
Pertaining to lead poisoning. The City needs to promote the education of the fact that the City's drinking water is safe and does not endanger children concerning lead poisoning. Education should stress the use by the City of water additives that coat any lead pipes that are in use and inhibits the lead from contaminating the water. Additionally The City needs to continue to strengthen the Lead Safe Living initiative and enforce existing laws regarding placarding houses found to be contaminated and aggressively pursuing HUD funding for additional resources for enforcement and abatement. Also, more work needs to be done to reach expectant and new Mothers and families to improve awareness of the dangers of lead in the home and environment and how control measures can be used to reduce risk for children.
The City should continue its aggressive use of seeking brownfield funding from the EPA to remediate and large tracks of land for economic redevelopment, and the use of historic tax credits and new market tax credits to assist in reducing the development costs that are so high within our urban core.
We need to continue our efforts at business attraction, workforce training and diverse educational opportunities including adult and digital literacy programs. We should also continue to focus and increase our efforts at attracting and resettling refugees, immigrants and migrants, such as the International Village project that I am working on with Councilman Kerry McCormack and the Mayor's Administration.
Additionally, our city-wide and local community development corporations need to include in their housing strategies goals to maintain affordable housing and mixed-income neighborhoods that encourage income diversity and quality of life services for all residents.
As Chair of the Cleveland City Council's Health and Human Services Committee, our Council and Administration's Department of Health should continue to work with our local health care and insurance providers to restrict the number of prescriptions for opioids and policies and practices that deal with the well-being of patients in managing chronic pain. The City needs to also encourage public-private partnerships that encourage prescription drug disposal programs.
Effective programs should be made more widely available through public-private partnerships and include drug take-back programs, which contribute to the safe disposal of opioid medication, as well as efforts to raise awareness on the issue of safe disposal of unused drugs.
The City and County Health Departments need to continue and increase their use of health and other data available that can help identify risk factors for opioid drug use. Partners that are already involved in the use of data analytics include Case Western Reserve University's NEOCANDO and Health Data Matters programs as well as better use by our hospital systems of the patient electronic records information.
Currently enrolled at CSU (taking the summer off to campaign)
Our officers need more Mental Health training hours. We also need to bring back mini stations, more horse, foot and bike patrols. We do need to uphold the consent decree. There needs to be more community engagement with our officers, more involvement in neighborhood watch groups and more Night Out Against Crime, the city can help with improving this.
First, we need to enforce lead abatement in the 350 houses that have already been identified as needing abatement. All rental properties need to be inspected. We can use this as a job making opportunity as well as a health issue. Create jobs for inspection and abatement.
We also need emergency housing for families once their homes have been identified as needing abatement and the work is being done.
There needs to be improved programs, especially for minority women that are more likely to be affected by infant mortality, better health screening and aftercare.
With the amount of vacant houses that Cleveland has, we need to encourage and support first time home buyers, we need for families that want to stay here and raise their children here, to do so. In order to keep families here, we need to provide jobs and better schools.
All high schools should offer vocational training, literacy programs and after school programming. We need more small business incubators and programs to support entrepreneurs. Investing in businesses that bring back manufacturing jobs, utilizing some of the vacant factories that could be brought back into production, and business co-operatives that benefit employees.
There is a program in Cincinnati that is working well. They have counselors that meet with addicts when they overdose and followup with them afterwards offering services, support groups and encouraging seeking help.