At a small rally Tuesday, in front of the Cuyahoga County Administration Building, County Executive candidate Terri Hamilton Brown proclaimed that her campaign is about bucking the trend of “politics as usual.” ideastream®’s Michelle Kanu reports that Brown says she has endorsements from mayors around the county, even though only three from the east side were present at the gathering.
Although new to politics, Terri Hamilton Brown has a track record of community development on the east side of the county. She’s well known among civic leaders for her role in expanding Cleveland’s University Circle area and for improving the quality of public housing.
But Brown says her reach extends beyond the east side. If elected, she wants to unify the 59 communities in Cuyahoga County, and she claims to have support from the west side of the Cuyahoga River.
Brown: “From the west side we have Mayor Kleem from Berea who has endorsed my candidacy, and also Mike Gammella, who is the council president from Brook Park.”
The three east side mayors who spoke at her rally said they support Brown as the Democratic candidate because she is committed to strengthening the county’s health and human services.
The fact that the Ohio Democratic Party has endorsed her opponent—Edward FitzGerald—doesn’t seem to faze her, although Senator Nina Turner lambasted the party for underestimating Brown.
Turner: “They have been very dismissive of her, both the Ohio Democratic Party and also Mayor FitzGerald, and I find it distasteful. What we need in this region is to come together.”
Brown says she hopes to bring the county together with a shared vision that promotes jobs, workforce development and families.