2012 CC10 G Digital Dossier: Rogers, Julian

2012 CC10 G Digital Dossier, Rogers, Julian


I.          Personal Information


Name:  Julian Rogers

Date of Birth and Age on Election Day: 36

Political Party Affiliation:  Democratic Party

Home Address:   Cleveland Heights, OH

Spouse/Significant Other: Meran Chang

Children: Unknown

Social/Civic/Club Affiliations:

II.        Educational History

Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management Master of Nonprofit Organizations, May 2008

Ohio University, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1997

Emily’s List, Campaign Finance Management Training, 1998

III.       Professional Background

Education Voters of Ohio, Executive Director (April 2008-Present)

Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, Program Associate for Public Policy & Research (January 2007-April 2008)

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Board Member (Appointed July 2006-Present)

Cleveland Municipal School District, Senior Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer (April 1999-February 2006), Liaison to the Office of the Mayor of Cleveland (January 2002-February 2006)

Metropolitan Strategy Group, Investigator (January-April 1999)

 IV.       Criminal Record and Civil Court Involvement

Criminal Record: None found.

Civil Litigation: Several civil cases found, but we are verifying that they involve this Julian Rogers.

Bankruptcies: None found.

Ethical Issues:  None found.

V.        Campaign Information

Campaign Address: The Committee to Elect Julian Rogers,
3316 Clarendon Road 
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118

Campaign Officers/Participants: Jon Benedict,
Glen Billington, 
Bonnie Caplan, 
Noelle Celeste,
Meran Chang,
Jeff Coryell,
Ken Dowell, 
Reggie Evans, 
Eric Silverman, Shana Johnson,
Wendy Leatherberry, 
Rev. Tony Minor,
Caroline Peak,
Alex Quintana, 
Ron Register,
Jeff Rusnak and
Kevin Smith

Prior Campaigns: 

Arts and Culture Action Committee, Issue 18, Field Director, (July-November 2006)

Ohio Democratic Party, Coordinated Campaign, Political Director, Northern Ohio (May-July 2006)

Rogers for State Representative, Candidate, State Representative, Ohio House District Nine (November 2005-May 2006)

Blue 88, Ohio’s Network of Democratic Reform, Founding Member and Trustee (2004-2006)

Democratic National Convention, 2004 Delegate, John Kerry for President

America Coming Together, Volunteer Programs Director, NE Ohio Region (May-November 2004)

Committee for Cleveland’s Children – Issue 4, Liaison to the Campaign Manager (June-November 2002)

Committee for Cleveland’s Children – Issue 14, Deputy Campaign Manager (March-May 2001)

Mary Boyle for U.S. Senate Committee, Director of Candidate Solicitation (December 1997-November 1998)

Prior Elected Offices:  District 10 Councilman (Serves as the chair of Environment & Sustainability Committee)

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

The Plain Dealer

Call and Post

The Sun Press

SEIU 1199

Cleveland Teachers Union, Local 279

Sheet Metal Workers, Local 33

Stonewall Democrats of Cleveland

North Shore Federation of Labor

Int'l Brotherhood of Teamsters - Ohio D.R.I.V.E.

Jewish Voters Association

Cuyahoga County Young Democrats

Sierra Club

Americans for Democratic Action

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio


Bonnie Caplan
Cleveland Heights City Council

Phyllis Evans
Cleveland Heights City Council

Mike Foley
State Representative

Matt Patten
State Representative

Ron Register
CH-UH School Board

Eric Silverman
Former CH-UH School Board and Heights Library Board

Response to Questionnaire:

I.          Integrity

  1. Aside from your current position, 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?

 Yes, as a Board member with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. 2006-2011

  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? 

I have a very competent campaign treasurer who is also an attorney.

I had a complaint with the OEC from when I ran for state representative in 2006.  Ultimately, it had to do with not being able to report $90 in bank fees for having an account below the minimum of $100.  My report was audited by the SOS after my account was closed by the bank and I had difficulty proving that the last $90 in my account after the election was taken by the bank in fees.  The matter has been closed out. 

  1. Your website’s subsection on “Ethical Responsive Leadership” advocates for public financing of elections.[1] Please elaborate on how you plan to use your position as Councilman to implement this goal. 

This has been difficult, as it is unclear whether the Council has the authority to legislate campaign finance without amending the charter.  We have had several hearings on the matter, but all legislation regarding campaign finance has been put on hold.  This will be a matter that will be discussed again during the Charter Review process.

II.        Transparency

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


  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.

I think that we have done a lot to improve our hiring and bidding system.  All jobs are now posted and all positions now have job descriptions.  Every new employee and contractor now has to undergo ethics training and we have centralized the human resources department, instead of each office having their own HR department.  I no longer perceive a problem with our hiring or bidding system.

III.       Efficiency

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

We have instituted an office of Regional Collaboration and also have a Council committee that deals with matters of regional collaboration.  I also believe that the new structure of having council members that represent districts facilitates collaboration, as the council members have close relationships with the elected officials within their districts.

The county is also working to provide a menu of services to the municipalities in an effort to reduce costs for everyone.  We currently offer sewer maintenance, HR services, health-care and IT services to the municipalities.  As the County develops more competencies in services, we will offer more to the municipalities.

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

If I had a magic wand, I would like to see a reduction in the number of municipalities within the County.  A reduction from 59 to about 25 or less would be great.  But this is highly unlikely to ever occur.  Instead, I believe that communities should continue to investigate where they can share services and the County should continue to increase the number of services that it can provide to the municipalities. 

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 think we need to continue to make better use of technology to streamline our services.  I have concerns that our health and human services are grossly understaffed.  It is extremely difficult to reach caseworkers on the phone due to the high number of cases they are managing. 

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

I believe that the Council and Executive have a pretty good working relationship.  On the big issues, we work closely to find mutually agreeable solutions. I think that there is room for improvement however.  Communication between the Executive and Council still needs improvement.  There have been several occasions when the Council has been made aware of issues via the newspaper instead of from the Executive’s office. 

IV.       Competence

12.  Aside from your current position, have you ever run for public office? If so, please identify the office and the date of the election.  

May 2006, State Representative, House District 9 – I lost in the primary 

13.  What other public offices have you held? When?

I served on the Board of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority from 2006-2011. 

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


V.        Policy

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

Well, I think we need to work more closely with the city of Cleveland to develop a long term strategy on lakefront development.

16.  One of the recent issues facing Council is use of the County’s share of the casino revenue.[2] Please describe your vision for the ideal use of these funds and how you would work to implement that vision. 

I would like to see the casino revenue spent in three categories.  1) The Council recently established the Cuyahoga County Educational Assistance Program, which provides scholarships for Cuyahoga County residents to attend post-secondary educational opportunities.  I would like to see a portion of the casino revenue support this program. 2) Downtown Cleveland development.  As we witness a revival of Downtown Cleveland, it will be important that we ensure that this momentum continues.  I would like to see a portion of the casino revenue used to support enhancements to Downtown Cleveland. 3) I would like to create a fund whereby cities and neighborhoods within Cuyahoga County can make proposals for funding of special projects. The projects would be reviewed through a competitive process.

 17.  Your website envisions the County creating a $2 million fund similar to the Fund for Our Economic Future.[3] What is the status of this initiative? How do you propose to pay for it? (Or, if the County has already implemented it, how was it paid for?)

To some extent, the County already does this.  The County uses a about half of our Community Block Grant dollars in a re-granting program for all municipalities within the county that are not direct recipients of CBG dollars.  Participating communities submit proposals to the Department of Development for consideration of funding.  We issued approximately $2 million this year.  In addition to this funding source however, as mentioned above, I would like to create a fund from casino revenue to used in the manor described on my website.

We are still discussing how we will allocate casino revenue. 

VI.       2010 Campaign Issue Follow-up  

The following questions relate to positions or campaign issues you took in the 2010 election.

 18.  The Plain Dealer noted that your number one issue was creating jobs.[4] Please list the three most important programs County Council has developed during your first term to address this issue. Is this still your number one issue in 2012? If so, please list the three most important jobs initiatives you will sponsor if re-elected.

 1)      The $100 million Western Reserve Fund – We established the $100 million fund to provide forgivable loans to grow businesses in Cuyahoga County.  We are already seeing big payoffs from this fund with hundreds of new jobs coming to the County.  These loans are tied to job creation.  One can only get a loan if the create a specific number of jobs.  If those jobs are sustained over time, the loans are forgiven.

2)      The new Contracting and Purchasing Ordinance – This new ordinance makes it easier for small companies, that traditionally have not been able to get business with the County due to their lack of experience in working on big jobs to attain a contract with the County.  The new ordinance calls for the County to break large project bids into smaller contracts so that smaller, less experienced companies can bid on a small portion of a project instead of the whole project.  This has resulted in more companies being able to bid on projects with the county instead of just the usual large companies that traditional do work for the county.

3)      The Cuyahoga County Educational Assistance Program – This program provides up to $5000 for county residents to finish an associates or bachelor’s degree or a certificate in an in-demand career field.  A problem that we consistently hear from employers is that we do not have an adequately trained workforce.  This program is meant to address that need.

 19.  You also expressed a desire to start a program that uses “vacant homes ‘that aren't too far gone’ as classrooms for teaching construction skills.”[5] Has this program come to fruition? If not, why not?

This program is still in the planning stage.  I have had preliminary conversations with the County Land Bank as a potential partner for this program and they have expressed interest.  More planning and fund raising needs to occur, but I still plan to pursue this initiative. 

[1] http://www.votejulianrogers.com/Issues.html

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

[3] http://www.votejulianrogers.com/Issues.html

[4] http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga-county-reform/index.ssf/2010/08/cuyahoga_county_district_10_pr.html

[5] Id.