Michael Hardy Candidate for Cleveland City Council Ward 11 asks why there are no political forums?
For Immediate Release Contact Michael Hardy
August 27, 2021 216-374-0323
Cleveland, OH- - - Question: How does someone run for elective office in two other cities, hold public office in the same cities, and then buys a house in a third city four months and two days after an election loss and get appointed to Cleveland City Council shortly thereafter? How does an official seemingly venue-shop for elected office and face very few questions in 2021?
In Cleveland’s Ward 11, there is a contested election for Cleveland City Council, yet there are no forums for the candidates and no one is doing any type of public engagement with the community. Even the ward club isn’t doing anything. Is the “incumbent” being protected?
This is what makes Public Comment as an Ordinance so important. It would require that a comment period be added to all City Hall meetings.
In Ward 11, there are three candidates vying for the City Council seat: Brian Mooney (the appointed incumbent) Donna Woods, and Michael Hardy, the two challengers. While Woods and Hardy are long-time residents, Mooney’s circuitous route to the present seat raises questions. His experience includes two terms as City Council Member in Brook Park, Ohio. After losing the Law Director’s race in Brook Park and working elsewhere, he became a Precinct Committee Member in Lakewood, Ohio. After losing the election for Executive Precinct Committee in Lakewood, he purchased a house in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland house purchase occurred months before his current appointment to Cleveland City Council.
The question remains: How does a person get appointed to Cleveland City Council months after losing an election in another city and face little-to-no questions.
Michael Hardy is a lifetime resident of Ward 11 and a lifetime member of Second Calvary Baptist Church. A graduate of John Marshall High School and Cleveland State University, he’s an internationally experienced educator, former school director, and is past president of the West Park Community Coalition. Currently, he sits on the Westown Community Development Corporation Board and is a Ward 11 Precinct Committee Member. This is his first election.
Posted on 06 Sep 2021, 22:50 - Category: Transparent Government