2014 CC7 G Conwell, Yvonne

2014 CC 7 G Digital Dossier: Conwell, Yvonne

Biographical information forthcoming.


Response to Questionnaire

A.        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?

Yes, I’m currently a County Council representative for District 7 and I’m required by the County Ethics policy and Ohio Ethics Commission.

2.   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.


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


4.   What steps have you taken to ensure that your campaign is complying with Ohio Campaign Finance law?

My campaign, follows the policies and procedures of campaign finance laws. If there is an error it is addressed in an expedient manner.

5.   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?

Yes, a complaint made by the Board of Elections to the Ohio Elections Commission to division (  C ) of Ohio Revised Code section 3517.11 for late filing on August 2, 2011.

6.   Prior to this campaign, have you campaigned for elected office?  If so, please identify the date, the office, and the outcome. 

Yes, For the Office of Cuyahoga County Council-District 7 in 2011, that currently I represent.

7.   Please identify the top three contributors to your campaign, how much you have raised thus far, how much you intend to raise, and how much you have spent thus far on your campaign.

Past high contributors to my campaign have been, The Committee to re-elect Councilman Conwell, Jack Grimaldi, and Solomon Harge. I have raised an amount around $6,000.00 and would like to raise $15,000.00, and the committee spent around $2,000.00 since last election.

B.         Transparency

8.   What steps can be taken at the county level to make access to public records easier?

Were required by law to answer all public records request, we do so in an expedient time-frame. I have no knowledge of any requests that are not timely or unanswered.

9.   What steps can be taken to make the operations of county government more transparent?

The legislative branch for the County has committed fully to transparency. All of our meetings are open to the public, we post on our website.

10. If elected, what steps would you take to improve citizen engagement and to communicate critical information to your constituents?

Currently we are lacking a newsletter for each of our Districts. We are making small strides in making this a reality. Some Districts do not have access to electronic communications. This is a disservice to residents of the County. Each District is so large, it is very hard to keep everyone in the loop. Currently we rely on them accessing our website and holding Town Hall meetings, or visiting the individual community meetings.

C.        Efficiency

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

I have personally tackled this issue, by sending resolutions to local and state government on matters that affected our shared constituency. I feel this is a vital tool we have to inform other government bodies that an issue needs to be addressed. I have held joint community meetings on Mental Health between Cleveland City Council, County, and Private Institutions (CWRU).

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

Regionalism is the future were all moving towards,  there are some areas the County would like to move in, but state laws prohibit immediate change. It is a process and it will take sometime to address. Government regionalism will control costs; ie: health care, road repair, and jail consolidation.

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

The Health and Human services agencies are vast and complex. There are areas we are trying to address that will provide efficiencies as well as outcome measures for existing programs. For example, Central intake for DSAS, DCFS, and EFS.

14. In what way(s) would you improve that relationship between the Executive and Council?

1. In stead of just legislating and sending legislation to the administration to figure out how or who should handle the legislation. We need to be in the implementation process  so it is clear which is the best suited office.

2. Keeping our lines of communications open.

D.        Competence

15. Aside from your campaigns for County Council, have you ever run for public office? If so, please identify the office and the date of the election. 


16. Aside from your current position, what public offices have you held? When?

Public Outreach Director for Cuyahoga County Recorders office, 2006-2010.

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


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

I have worked in social service for over twenty years  which is 2/3 of the County budget. and worked for the Recorders office. I could see the inequality of employees and the changes that needed to occur in the Recorders office. I wanted to be a part of making the changes to an open and transparent government.

E.         Policy

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

Work closely with the local Municipality and the Port Authority on positive changes that will benefit the residents and tourists. With economic impacts that will create jobs, attractions, and a beautiful Lakefront.

20. In your opinion, what is the single most important thing county government can do to promote economic development?

Focus more on helping small businesses grow, growing the middle economy will help us create jobs, decrease foreclosures, reduce crime rates, increase the tax base, lessoning the need for Health and Human services. Creating opportunities and putting County residents back to work.

21. Do you believe that the powers of County Council should be expanded to enhance its ability to check and balance the authority of the County Executive?

As issues arrive there may need to be some fundamental changes, but if those should occur, then they should be addressed by the electors of this County, and an amendment put forth.

22. Did you support Issue 3 on the November 2013 ballot? Why or why not?

Yes, I was the sponsor for this amendment and it was a needed change that had an effect on current and future employees of the County. This amendment allowed the residents of Cuyahoga County to voice their opinion regarding Equity for the process of employees. In previous Government structure, employees had the state personnel board of review to have an equitable process (a truly independent body).The charter was to have an independent body have responsibility for the resolution or disposition of all personnel matters with the authority to appoint hearing officers to hear all employee appeals., responsibility for administration of compliance with Federal and state laws regarding personnel matters, also functions as may be deemed necessary by the Council for the PRC to carry outs its mission and purpose.

23. Do you support the renewal of the sin tax? Why or why not?

I support the renewal of the sin tax. The dilemma this County faces is the failure of this tax, will impact our general fund and services will have to be reduced. All tax payers will be affected, instead of those that choose to purchase alcohol and cigarettes. The debt and repairs will still have to be made, because the County owns the buildings (Quicken Loans Arena & Progressive Field). This will have an impact on the County trying to bring business into the city, without major tourist attractions this would discourage travelers from coming and have a financial impact for all.