2012 CC2 The Rating and Rationale

2012 CC2 The Rating and Rationale

On November 6, 2012, Cuyahoga County voters in County Council District 2 have a choice between Dale Miller (D) and Anna Melendez (R). The Citizens League of Greater Cleveland has completed its evaluations and considers incumbent Councilman Dale Miller to be the preferred candidate for the position.

 

In addition to selecting a preferred candidate, The Citizens League has provided qualifications-based ratings (one to five stars) and Digital Dossiers™ for each candidate.  The Digital Dossiers™ contain searchable summaries of each candidate’s background and responses to lengthy and detailed questionnaires

 

Ms. Melendez is a passionate and driven citizen who is attempting to bring a number of District-specific issues to the forefront, including regulating absentee landlords and safety forces in the Lakewood area. She embraces her lack of experience and claims that it is one of her strengths, as it allows her to avoid the allegiances and cronyism that plagued the pre-charter era. Unfortunately, when pressed for specifics, Ms. Melendez could point to very few ways she would work to achieve her desired goals. Her solutions generally focused on city or municipal-based action, rather than county-based action, and she seemed a bit unsure of her positions on broader county issues. While we applaud Ms. Melendez for her hard work in campaigning for this seat, we simply feel she is a bit too inexperienced. The Citizens League gives Ms. Melendez an overall rating of one star, meaning that she lacks the qualifications to hold the office.  

 

Mr. Miller has an extensive track record of legislative public service, and during his first two years as District 2 Councilman, he has already sponsored several ordinances (including one reforming county contracting and procurement, and another creating the county’s equity plan for hiring/promotion standards). During his interview, Mr. Miller articulated a clear vision for what he wanted to accomplish if given a second term, with his number one priority being the elimination of the pending $15 million Human Services funding deficit. He also indicated that he would like the opportunity to oversee the county’s implementation of the recently passed public records ordinance, the equity plan, and the post-secondary scholarship program. Mr. Miller also noted several district-specific issues that he would like to further address if re-elected, including leveraging the NASA Glenn center and the Airport Corridor and improving the west side’s arts and cultural experience. Mr. Miller’s demonstrated dedication to public service and proven commitment to transparency earn him a rating of three stars, meaning that he is well qualified, and the Citizens League’s designation as the preferred candidate in this race.