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Cleveland: Mayor announces team to pass school levy

5:37 PM, Aug 13, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Mayor Frank Jackson says that the 15-mill Cleveland Metropolitan School District levy on the Nov. 6 ballot has broad community support, including parents, elected leaders, unions, school leaders, corporate and community leaders from all corners of the city.

He announced the "Right Plan, Right Now" campaign and that it will be a "grassroots" campaign and not rely as heavily on TV and radio spots.

Jackson said the campaign needs to let Cleveland residents know how inportant this levy is to the children, the parents, the school and the entire Greater Cleveland region.

Jackson also announced his campaign co-chairs. They are:

  • Former U.S. Sen. Ohio governor and Cleveland mayor George Voinovich
  • Congresswoman Marcia Fudge
  • Louis Stokes, former Member of Congress
  • Nina Turner, Ohio Senator, District 25, and sponsor of Cleveland education transformation legislation
  • Sandra Williams, Ohio Representative, 11th District, sponsor of Cleveland education transformation legislation
  • Martin Keane, Cleveland City Council, Ward 19
  • Joe Cimperman, Cleveland City Council, Ward 3
  • Terrell Pruitt, Cleveland City Council, Ward 1
  • Chris Connor, CEO of Sherwin Williams
  • Carole Hoover, former executive director of the Cleveland Growth Association and President & Chief Executive Officer of HooverMilstein
  • Margot Copeland, Executive Vice-president at Key Bank
  • David Quolke, President of the Cleveland Teachers Union
  • Victor Ruiz, Executive Director, Esperanza
  • Denise Link, President, Cleveland Metropolitan School Board of Education
  • Erin Randall, parent representative of CMSD

Jackson also named Blaine Griffin, parent of Cleveland school children and vice-chair of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, as the campaign manager.

Griffin is taking a leave of absence from his position as Director of Community Relations for the city of Cleveland during the campaign.

"Clearly we are pleased to have such a distinguished group of people as represented here to endorse the Cleveland school levy campaign. We have deep and broad support across this community because it is of critical importance to have the resources to implement our plan to educate every Cleveland child," said Jackson.

"I am confident we can win this vote with this showing of broad-based support," said Mayor Jackson.

"The citizens of Cleveland can be completely assured that this plan is the right one at the right time to educate our children. We are here for the children."

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