2014 CC9 P&G Brown, Shontel

2014 CC 9 Digital Dossier: Brown, Shontel

Video Interview

Follow this link to view the first portion of The Citizens League's interview with Ms. Brown.  We will post the entire thirty-minute interview once we resolve a technical issue.

Biographical Information

I.          Personal Information

Name:   Shontel M. Brown

Date of Birth and Age on Election Day: 06/24/75 and 38

Political Party Affiliation:  Democrat

Home Address:  Warrensville Heights, Ohio

Spouse/Significant Other: n/a

Children:  n/a

Social/Civic/Club Affiliations:

National League of Cities, Member

Northeast Ohio City Council Association, Member

Black Women’s Political Action Committee, Member

Tri-City Democratic Club, Member

Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Youth Ministry Leader

Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Women’s Ministry

Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Sound Ministry

II.        Educational History

Associates Degree, Business Management, Cuyahoga County Community College, 2012

John Adams High School, 1993

III.       Professional Background

2007 to present           Owner, Diversified Digital Solutions

2004 to 2009               Director of Sales, Hotcards.com

1999 to 2004               Senior Account Executive, Radio One, Inc.

1997 to 1999               Marketing Support Representative, Telco Communications Group

IV.       Criminal Record and Court Involvement

Criminal Record: None found on Cuyahoga County Common Pleas docket.

Civil Litigation: None found on Cuyahoga County Common Pleas docket.

Bankruptcies:  Research in progress.

Ethical Issues: Research in progress.

V.        Campaign Information

Campaign Address: 4660 Belfiore Rd., Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44128

Campaign Officers/Participants: Cynthia Sullivan, Treasurer

Prior Campaigns and Elected Offices: 

2011    City Council, Warrensville Heights (won)

2013    City Council, Warrensville Heights (won)

Chair, Planning Commission; Vice-Chair Utilities Committee and Economic Development Committee; Member, Finance Committee

Campaign Endorsements/Affiliations

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge

Cuyahoga County Council President C. Ellen Connally, District 9

Cuyahoga County Councilman Pernel Jones, Jr., District 8

Mayor Brad Sellers, Warrensville Heights

Mayor David Smith, Village of North Randall

Mayor Kathy Mulcahy, Orange Village

City Council President Dorise Hagwood, Warrensville Heights

Councilman & City Leader Stanley Anderson, Warrensville Heights

Councilwoman Anne Williams, Shaker Heights

Councilwoman Andrea Mitchell, Warrensville Heights

Councilwoman Ruby Nelson, Warrensville Heights

Councilman Zack Reed, Cleveland

Former Council President Danita Love, Highland Hills

Local 860 Laborers Union

The American Center for Economic Equality

The Black Contractors Group, Inc.

United Pastors in Mission

East Cleveland Concerned Pastors 

Response to The Citizens League's 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.  2011 & 2013. City of Warrensville Heights

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?

We have professional consultants who provide guidance to ensure we are in compliance with state and local campaign finance laws.

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.The first time I ran for office I filed the form that creates my campaign committee late. The case was dismissed and my campaign finance reports have always been filed on time and without any problems.

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

Yes, November 8, 2011 and November 5, 2013 I campaigned for the office City Council in Warrensville Heights and I was elected both times.

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.

Mike Alex, Linda Fletcher and Andrew Jackson are my top three contributors. I have raised $8,300.00 so far and I intend to raise enough money to adequately communicate with voters in the district.

B.        Transparency

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

All records should be available on line.

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

Ensure all meetings are held at times to maximize public involvement. Hold some meetings outside of downtown.

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

(see above) Also, I would use in-person and tele-town hall meetings to give citizens easy access to Council and critical communications.

C.        Efficiency

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

I believe that there needs to be continued dialogue and efforts to combine services such as those started by County Executive Ed FitzGerald.

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

I support increased regional cooperation and where communities agree, consolidation to reduce numbers of municipalities.

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

I am in the process of evaluating the new county government by attending Council meetings and meeting with Mayors and leaders in communities throughout the district.

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

I would develop regular meetings between the Executive and Council to improve the relationship between Council and the Executive.

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. 

Yes. I ran City Council in Warrensville Heights, November 8, 2011 and November 5, 2013.

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


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?

Having earned my degree in Business Management my education has enhanced my existing business skills of strategic planning and marketing, business development, financial literacy, identifying economic development opportunities and developing human resource policies and procedures. As a current city councilwoman and Chair of the Planning Commission, my experience as an elected official has prepared me to originate, introduce and pass ordinances and adopt resolutions; fix the salaries of all employees of whether elected or appointed; adopt budgets; authorize the issuance of bonds and provide regulations to secure harmonious development of our municipality.

E.         Policy

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

County government should work with the City of Cleveland to work on implementing its lake front plan. The County can also convene stakeholders and communities along the lake to develop comprehensive development.

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

The most important thing that could be done to promote economic development is to become the coordinating body to develop a comprehensive public/private job training/retraining program.

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?

I think we first need to fully exercise the current relationship and then evaluate it, and, if necessary, recommend changes.

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

I think we need to continue the current appointment process and monitor it to determine if changes are needed.

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

I support the sin tax, although it is important to negotiate with the teams to develop program(s) that will benefit the broader community and be paid out of the sin tax.