CIVIC ACTIVISM YOU ALREADY KNOW AND TRUST
My history of pushing for change in Cleveland Heights began when the CHUH school system closed Coventry Elementary school. It was then that I started watching and attending school board meetings and speaking at them. A few years later, I got involved with the group trying to prevent the WalMart from going up at the Oakwood golf course in South Euclid and Cleveland Heights. I was one of many who spoke at a CH city council meeting on this and then went on to speak at 14 more consecutive meetings. I was hooked.
For the last 10 years, I have been researching and informing the community on the things the school board and city hall don’t talk about publicly. I spend my leisure hours analyzing financial and other public records of government entities and campaign committees. In fact, this election for an unexpired term is *only* on the ballot due to my research and communications with the city, which had incorrectly issued a press release announcing that the vacancy would be filled by an appointment by the city council. Read The Incredibly True Story Of How A CH City Council Appointment Became An Election here and learn more about the race here.
As an individual private citizen, I have had an impact on the Cleveland Heights community via my rigorous oversight of the city council and the CHUH school board, and I am running to continue that work and magnify it to build a better Cleveland Heights.
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If you've ever thought: "Nice job by Kanter. He's really keeping them on their toes." or "How about that? He finally got the school board on those illegal campaign PAC surveys!" or even "Well, if anyone was going to tell city council that Mary Dunbar's replacement has to be elected, I suppose it was going to be Kanter."
Well, *now* is the time to help. Not in a month. Right now.
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"I’d love to vote for Garry Kanter. He’s a citizen’s citizen. He knows the issues; he knows the systems. And the only thing bigger than his stack of research is his heart. This guy wants to make things better. He’s exactly the kind of person we need in local government. He cares and he’s committed"
"I’d give anything to be able to vote for Garry Kanter for Cleveland Heights City Council. He’s tough on the outside but has a heart of gold. As a CMSD teacher, I’ve always searched for creative ways to fund my class. Garry has personally done more for my kiddos than anyone. He has a heart of gold! My Cleveland Heights family are all voting for Garry. You should too."
Marci Gottlieb Golub
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I grew up in Cleveland Heights, graduated from Heights High and earned a BS/BA in Accounting from Ohio State. After living in Delaware and Connecticut, I returned to Ohio to be near my family, and I got involved in activism for the first time regarding the CHUH school system closing the Coventry Elementary school. It was then that I started watching and attending school board meetings and speaking at them.
A few years later, I got involved with the group trying to prevent the WalMart from going up at the Oakwood golf course in South Euclid and Cleveland Heights. I was one of many who spoke at a CH city council meeting on this and then went on to speak at 14 more consecutive meetings. I was hooked.
For the last 10 years I have been researching and informing the community on the things the school board and city hall don’t talk about publicly. I spend my leisure hours analyzing financial and other public records of government entities and campaign committees.
That work culminated last month with this council seat being put on the ballot – through my efforts, despite the city’s worst intentions. You can read more about this and other work I’ve done here.
As an individual private citizen, I have managed to have an impact on the Cleveland Heights community via my rigorous oversight of the city council – and the CHUH school board - for about 10 years (you can learn more about some of the work I've done here).
In fact, this election for an unexpired term is *only* on the ballot due to my research and communications with the city, which had incorrectly issued a press release announcing that the vacancy would be filled by an appointment by the city council.
I anticipate that by being on the city council, my continuing efforts and accomplishments will be greatly magnified.
The first plank of my platform is “To achieve safer neighborhoods, develop the Cleveland Heights Police Department into a National Model for Community Policing, utilizing the maximum available Federal ARP funding and other available funds.”
Meaningful Police Reform is essential to our community and the nation. I stand second to no person in my demands for police reform. I spent about three years attending city of Cleveland Police Reform Consent Decree meetings, demanding accountability from the city, DOJ, the Monitor and the Community Police Commission. I was among the first to recognize that the city’s Greg White and the police unions are active saboteurs of that Consent Decree.
Cleveland BLM co-founder Kareem Henton has been a close friend and confidant for seven or eight years now. He and I worked together to try to defeat Cleveland Issue 33, the Consent Decree-mandated Cleveland Charter Amendment that was intentionally woefully ineffective in bringing about accountability to the police discipline process.
I want to see policing nationwide reformed into accountable Community Policing.
I have sued the city of Cleveland Heights a handful of times regarding Sunshine Law violations and other matters. One case is in the courts currently. While I have only “won” one of the cases, each has led to changes in policy or conduct by the city.
To accomplish Open Government, I will work the other members of council to end executive session abuse and so-called “emergency” legislation abuse.
Cleveland Heights’ Home Rule charter has many conflicts with Ohio Revised Code regarding Sunshine Laws and election law, which the courts generally decide in favor of the home rule municipality.
For example, this year, the Cleveland Heights charter required candidates for city council to gather 222 signatures to be on the ballot. (There’s a formula to calculate the requirement, so it varies from year to year.) For this open Unexpired Term that I’m running for, it was determined that only 50 signatures would be required, as per Ohio Revised Code. Seven people successfully got those 50 signatures. For comparison, only six people submitted the required 222 signatures for the four scheduled council seats on the ballot.
In recognition of such disparities, my platform includes a call for a Charter Review Commission to be convened in 2022.
I became a proponent of Sustainability and Green Spaces about 10 years ago and joined the group fighting the South Euclid rezoning of the Oakwood golf course. After the citizen referendum failed, I spent the next year looking - unsuccessfully - for a way to overturn the disappointing outcome. This was essentially my introduction to Activism.
Since then, I’ve been on the three-person team that submitted three Green Space proposals to the city of Cleveland Heights for the Meadowbrook-Lee property. I am one of the five Designated Petitioners on the current citizen-led referendum petition campaign for a park at Meadowbrook-Lee.
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