2012 CC2 G Digital Dossier: Melendez, Anna

2012 CC2 G Digital Dossier: Melendez, Anna

I.          Personal Information

Name:  Anna Melendez

Date of Birth and Age on Election Day: 9/22/61, age 51

Political Party Affiliation:  Republican

Home Address:  Unknown

Spouse/Significant Other:  Joe Melendez

Children:  Unknown

Social/Civic/Club Affiliations: Unknown

II.        Educational History

St. Augustine’s Academy (Class of 1979)

Cuyahoga Community College

Cleveland State University (BS in Urban Studies, minor in Historic Preservation; graduated in 2003) (http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga-county/index.ssf/2011/12/few_file_to_challenge_cuyahoga_county_council_members.html) (https://www.facebook.com/anna.melendez.35)

III.       Professional Background

Date first admitted to bar:  N/A

Disciplinary history:  N/A

Legal Experience:  N/A

Other Employment History: 

IV.       Criminal Record and Civil Court Involvement

Criminal Record: No

Civil Litigation:  None found.

Bankruptcies: Yes, in 2006 for $20,000. It was, however, discharged. (http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga-county/index.ssf/2011/12/few_file_to_challenge_cuyahoga_county_council_members.html)

Ethical Issues:  None found to date.

V.        Campaign Information

Campaign Address: Anna E. Melendez

4465 W. 135st.

Cleveland, Ohio 44135

Campaign Officers/Participants: Unknown

Prior Campaigns:  None

Prior Elected Offices: None

Campaign Endorsements/Affiliations (as of 9/14/2012):

Humpy Wheeler

The Cuyahoga County Republican Party

The Ward 18 GOP

Buckeye Firearms

The West Park Bench Jewelers Association.

Response to the Questionnaire

I.          Integrity

  1. Have you ever held a position, public or private, where you were required to report gifts made to you or expenditures made on your behalf?  When, where?


  1. In the last five years, have you been a party to any civil law suit?  If yes, please provide the case name and nature of the suit.


  1. Have you ever been convicted of a crime, other than a minor misdemeanor?  If yes, please provide the year and jurisdiction of the conviction.


  1. What steps have you taken to ensure that your campaign is complying with Ohio Campaign Finance law? Has a complaint ever been filed against you, or any campaign committee acting on your behalf, in the Ohio Elections Commission, or Federal Elections Commission?

            Following them and No

  1. Have you participated in any ethics training course as a part of running for or holding public office?


II.         Transparency

  1. What steps do you believe can be taken at the county level to make access to public records easier?

            Computer information could be more user friendly with more information online

  1. What steps do you believe the Council can take to make the new county government more transparent?

            Have Council meeting notes available online, website more user friendly

  1. Do you perceive a problem with the County’s current bidding/hiring system? If so, please elaborate and outline how you would address it.

             Yes, not enough Women and Minories in Construction.  The county does not use Cuyahoga County workers.  Must be a resident of Cuyahoga County to work on any county projects, keep a copy of Drivers License/State ID in the jobsite trailer to prove they are a county resident.

III.       Efficiency

  1. What steps do you believe could be taken to improve cooperation between county government and other local governments?

      Have a liason that would be the go to person between county and other individual cities.

10.  After two years of the new county government, can you identify any areas or programs that you believe could be run more efficiently?

            I haven’t studied this in great detail

11.  Please generally describe your position on the issue of regionalism.

            Two edge sword.  Could be good for sharing things like rock salt in a blizzard, repair crews, computer software and personnel, but not for emergency services.  I would want to more in depth study this.  Ultimately it is up to the voters though, and everyone seems to forget this.  People know what they need.  Not what we think they should have.

12.  What is your opinion of the working relationship between the Executive and Council? In what way(s) would you improve that relationship?

            Executive should concentrate of the needs of Cuyahoga County not the rest of the state or world.  He was hired to do this.  If you have higher aspirations keep them   to yourself, or leave your position at the county to pursue them.

IV.       Competence

13.  Have you ever run for public office? If so, please identify the office and the date of the election. 

      No, just this one

14.  What public offices have you held? When?


15.  Have you, or any business in which you held more than a 50% interest, ever filed for bankruptcy.  When, where?

            Yes, 2003

16.  Have you participated in preparing a budget for a business, government organization, or non-profit association? If so, please describe your role in that process. If not, please describe your experience with public finance (or any relevant, related experience) and long-term financial planning.

            Yes, on projections for costs based on past history.  In section 8 housing when I was a manager.  Using federal monies.

 17.  Have you ever held a position where you have developed or monitored an ethics policy for employees? If so, please explain that experience. If not, please identify a corporate or governmental code of ethics you would like to see Cuyahoga County adopt and implement.

            None that I can think of……just use common sense, tend to the voters needs,   work together, Democrats and Republican’s to bring positive change, quit bickering.

18.  In your opinion, which aspects of your education and experience prepared you to serve on County Council?

            I have education in Architectural Engineering and Construction Technology, Worked as a Property Manager, and Assistant Project Engineer for Ozanne Construction. I also have Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and minor in Historic Preservation.  I also served as Student Senator for the College of Urban Affairs. They were too busy arguing to get anything done either.  PLUS I have   handled budgets for Section 8 housing in Virginia and Washington DC using Federal Monies.

V.        Policy

19.  What steps do you believe county government can take to take advantage of Cuyahoga County’s lake front?

      Leave it alone.

20.  Your website says that you will strive to “bring back to work laid off safety officers”?[1] Please elaborate on how you plan to pay for such a measure, and how those plans fit in with another of your goals, which is to “lower county income tax.”[2]

            I plan to increase safety forces by using other agencies to help Cuyahoga County as a whole.  The FBI and Cuyahoga County Sheriff Dept, and lower “Sales” tax. A tax which we the voters never got to vote on.   Using some of the casino revenue, something the voters DID vote on, they should get some money back.  

21.  One of the recent issues facing Council is use of the County’s share of the casino revenue.[3] Please describe your vision for the ideal use of these funds and how you would work to implement that vision. 

            See above.

22.  Two of your campaign’s goals are “Green” related.[4] Please elaborate on the steps you would take to make District Two more eco-friendly and what incentives you would like the Council to put in place for local businesses to “go green.”

            I would like to see the county use more green and recycled materials from building sites.  We currently recycle asphalt and concrete, we could add timber and other supplies for construction trades.  All three communities have recycling  bins for trash pickup.  Extend this County wide. Be more mindful of the eco-system in our pollution and waste, investigate further the use of solar energy and wind mills.

23.   Another issue your campaign aims to address is holding absentee landlords accountable. If elected, what measures would you propose to achieve this?

            Better use the Neighborhood groups, (Community Development Corps) building inspectors and neighborhood activists as watchdogs.  Enforce fines and            punishments, maybe limit the number of properties one could own and take care of comfortably.

24.  In your opinion, what is the single most important thing county government can do to help promote business and economic development.

            Develop programs for older people who have lost their jobs.  Have more training offered to them, encourage businesses to hire someone from out of their comfort zone.  Take me, my background is property management and construction.  I can’t find a job.  I am “over educated” train me to say make pies.  And have a pie company wiling to take a chance on me, that I can complete some type of apprenticeship through them, and go work for them. 

[1] http://www.annaemelendez.com/

[2] Id.

[3] http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2012/07/cuyahoga_county_council_still.html

[4] Id.