• For Cuyahoga County Council District 2
    DAVID BROCK For Cuyahoga County Council District 2
  • The Time For Change Is Now
    DAVID BROCK The Time For Change Is Now
  • A Progressive Democrat for a new era
    DAVID BROCK A Progressive Democrat for a new era
Announcement

Announcement

2, which is comprised of Brook Park, Lakewood, and Wards 16 & 17 in Cleveland (West Park).

I am running in the primaries to unseat an incumbent who has held elective office since 1977. He is a good man. I won’t be running an attack campaign against him.

I’m seeking to propose new ways of thinking. Instead of handing out money to billionaires and millionaires, we must focus on the workers and residents of our communities, those who seek to live out their lives with a belief that their money is being spent for their benefit.  I’m running to advocate for transparency and accountability in our government, so that situations like the current disgrace at the county jail, and the unforgiveable lead crisis, cease to occur. I’m running to help prepare our residents, of all ages, for better jobs.

We can keep swinging for the fences only to continually strike out by chasing companies that have no plans to move here, or we can work on the long-term strategy of creating jobs over time while growing our economy, educating our residents, and reversing our population decline.

Just a few of the polices I will pursue:

  • A definitive 20-30 year plan for our county and region economically, socially, and demographically
    • Every decision I make will be predicated on how it will affect our county in the long-term
  • Better funding for job training and STEM education
    • For example, currently only 50% of the county’s public high schools offer basic computer science classes…and in 2019 that is unacceptable
  • Establish an economic development policy that benefits the middle class and workers with the goal of creating sustainable, family wage jobs
  • A public transportation system that is efficient and no longer morally bankrupt. One that connects people with jobs. And it must have people who actually use public transit sitting on its board and having a voice.
  • Countywide Offices on Transparency and one on Residential Engagement so that all public funds spent by Cuyahoga County are tracked and the needs of our residents are met.
  • A commitment to sustainable land use and environmental policies that will put Cuyahoga County at the forefront of those endeavors.

Simply put, our county government has not risen to the occasion. To paraphrase Albert Einstein—to keep electing the same people while expecting different results—will not succeed. It is my conviction that for Cuyahoga County to flourish we need new voices now more than ever, and I feel compelled to do all that I can.

Transforming the county will not be done in the 4 years of a county council term, nor will it be done alone. We will need the help of many others, including you.  At the very least if you have friends or family residing in Brook Park, Lakewood, or West Park, please take a moment to tell them about a person whose life has been dedicated to understanding governance as a student, as a former teacher, and today in the nonprofit world.

Every ounce of mind and spirit that I possess will be dedicated to the residents of District 2 and to the long-term growth and sustainability of our region. I’m a proud progressive Democrat, but if a moderate or conservative has a solution that makes sense, you can bet I’ll be listening. The cities of Brook Park, Cleveland, and Lakewood deserve new ideas and policies that focus on our future. Together we can take that step.

Along the way, I encourage you to stay in touch with me. If you agree with something I’m saying then I’ll thank you and build upon that. If you disagree, it’s just as important that your voice is heard. As Franklin Roosevelt said, “It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” A little over a century ago, our county was considered a national beacon for good government. There’s no reason we can’t do that again. So let’s try something new.

I look forward to meeting with you soon.

All My Best,

Dave

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A little bit about me

Born on Cleveland’s West Side, Dave was raised in Olmsted Falls. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Cleveland State University and a Master’s Degree in History from CSU. Hoping to teach at the college level, Dave attended the University of Missouri to pursue his PhD in history. He taught for several years at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri where one of the graduating classes honored him with their “Best Teacher” award.

Wanting to make a greater impact on his hometown, in 2013 Dave returned to Cleveland and moved to the neighborhood where his parents had grown up– West Park. As the son of a Cleveland firefighter and an elementary school secretary, Dave understands well the importance of work, and equally understands the travesty of giving county money to the 1%.

A former college history teacher, today Dave works in the nonprofit housing field and serves as president of the Ward 16 Democrats in Cleveland, as an organizer for West Park Neighbor Up, and the creator of the Cleveland-centric website clevelandbrocks.com.

My Platform

  • Put Residents’ Needs First
  • No More Handouts to Billionaires & Millionaires
  • Transparency & Accountability in County Government
  • Economic Development for People, not Corporations
  • Expanded Educational Opportunities for All
  • Work to Help Businesses and Firms that are Already Here
  • Public Transportation that People Can Rely On

Dave's mission and vision

Economic

Economic Development in our county must be about the people who drive our economy…the workers. Not the 1%. Our primary goal should be more than just creating jobs, but to create sustainable, family wage jobs. Instead of chasing companies from elsewhere we can focus on building the firms and businesses that area already here by giving them a better-trained workforce.

Education

For too long, policymakers have only viewed educational policy through the prism of children sitting at desks in a classroom. We need a long-term commitment to educating and training people of all ages, in all fields, for Cuyahoga County to be competitive in the long-term.

Housing

Housing policy needs to be about more than the number of houses we build, or tear down. Homeowners must have access to more resources in terms of repair and maintenance to ensure the rising value of our housing stock.  And, potential home buyers must have all the tools, knowledge, and protections available to navigate homeownership.

Transparency

The calamity with our county jail and the decades-long mishandling of the lead crisis are just the latest examples of a failure of leadership in Cuyahoga County that has reached epic proportions. Thus, I’m calling for an Office on Transparency & Accountability, with continuous online updates, so that all residents know what decisions are being made, and by whom, and where our money is going.

Resident Engagement

Our residents are priority #1.Too frequently their needs and viewpoints are ignored. A fully empowered Office on Residential Engagement, with liaisons in each district, will seek resident input before county dollars are spent on development projects, and maintain contact with the people in our county.

Long Term Planning

A 30 year plan, with benchmarks and goals, to grow the economy & population, increase educational outcomes, raise housing values, improve public transportation, and put our county on the cutting edge of sustainable land & environmental policies.

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My abilities

Public service is the highest calling in a republic. For the millions serving our nation in uniforms, past and present, (from the military to firefighters and police officers), and those who serve the public good as teachers, librarians, and more, it is their way of giving back to their neighborhood and country. That is why I’m running for office. I’d like to serve.

One thing you can count on, if I’m elected, every decision I make will be predicated on what is in the best, long-term interests for the residents of this county.

In 1960, John F. Kennedy defined what can today be labeled a progressive and I proudly agree with his definition.

“If by a ‘Liberal’, they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people – their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties – someone who believes that we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a ‘Liberal,’ then I’m proud to say that I’m a ‘Liberal.”

Supposedly, public speaking is one of Americans’ greatest fears. Rest assured, that is not the case with me. Having been a teacher, and working in the Outreach fields, I recognize the incredible importance of communicating with people, and more importantly, listening to them.

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Phone (216) 534-1113

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dave@brockfordistrict2.com