2014 CC9 G Trumbo, Adam

2014 CC9 Trumbo, Adam

Mr. Trumbo is the Republican Party candidate for County Council District 9.  Below you will find the results of our research into Mr. Trumbo's background as well as his response to our questionnaire.  Mr. Trumbo did not appear for our interview.  

I.          Personal Information

            A.        Name:             Adam C.H. Trumbo

            B.         Date of Birth and Age on Election Day: 45

            C.        Home Address:  Drexmore Road, Cleveland, Ohio

            D.        Spouse/Significant Other: Married.

            E.         Children:  Two pre-school

II.        Educational History

Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management

Glendale, AZ -- Degree/Concentration: MIM International Finance -- Southeast Asia & China

Fudan University

Shanghai, China -- Degree/Concentration: Business Language Program

Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH -- Degree/Concentration: MBA Finance

Ohio Northern University

Ada, Ohio -- Degree/Concentration: BS/BA Finance

Shaker Heights High School

III.       Employment History

SAFI FOODS LLC (Food Distribution)  Cleveland, Ohio - August 2013 to present 

CEO / Founder / Early Stage Start-up

FIRSTMERIT BANK, NA    Cleveland, Ohio - March 2010 to present

Officer / Capital Markets / Debt Syndication

J.P. MORGAN CHASE BANK    Cleveland, OH - 2003 to July 2009

Assistant Vice President / Middle Market Banking                                                                                   

KEYBANK    Toledo, OH - 2001 to 2003

Underwriting Officer / Middle Market Banking

MCDONALD INVESTMENTS (A KeyCorp Company)   Cleveland, OH - 1998 to 1999

 Junior Equity Analyst

ERIC MUMFORD, LLP (Accounting Firm)                                                                                                    

Cleveland, OH - 1996 to 1997


Sources for sections I-III include his campaign web site (http://www.votetrumbo.org/resume/) and his interview with NEOMG, link below.

IV.       Background Check

            A.        Criminal Record  Nothing found on Cuyahoga County docket.

            B.         Civil Litigation (Search of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas docket.)

                        2006 Ohio Civil Rights Commission v. Adam Trumbo, Yuanyuan Chen, Case No. 2006 CV 609881. Settled and dismissed.

                        2002 Judgment Lien from Greenwood Trust Company, $5,800, discharged. 

                        1997 Judgment Lien from the State of Ohio, $8,000, satisfied.  Lien was against Mr. Trumbo doing business as Little Shop of Colors.

            C.        Bankruptcy  Search in progress.

            D.        Other Ethical Issues  None found through general internet search.

V.        Campaign Information                      

            A.        Political Party: Republican

            B.         Campaign Address: 13807 Drexmore Road, Cleveland, OH 44120

            C.        Campaign Officers/Participants:

Campaign Manager: 216-502-8582

Deputy Campaign Manager: 510-730-0011
NEAL REED WORLDWIDE, San Francisco Bay Area

Media Relations: 202-489-7864


Candidate Scheduler

Event Planner

JAMES DRAKE JR., Coordinator, Bedford Heights


            D.        Prior Campaigns:  None found.

            E.         Campaign Endorsements/Affiliations:  None identified on campaign web site.

VI.       Other

Northeast Ohio Media Group (“NEOMG”) endorsement and audio of interview.


NEOMG closing brief on interview.


Voter Guide published by NEOMG and League of Women Voters, which includes candidate questionnaire responses and some background information.




Questionnaire Response


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?

No. I work in Corporate Banking. It is against the law and the code of conduct to receive gifts or have expenditures made on my behalf.

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?

I have studied Ohio Campaign Finance law and have complied with all of the requirements

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?


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


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.

No contributors thus far as I haven’t raised, asked for, or spent any money as of yet. However, I hope to raise as much as is needed to secure victory.


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

Without having thoroughly investigated the process I am unable to offer a solution at this time. However please see the next question below…

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

Transparency promotes accountability and provides information citizens need to understand and measure what the county Government is doing.  Transparency promotes participation and citizen engagement which, in turn, enhances the government's effectiveness and improves the quality of its decisions. Much of this can be achieved through effective use of information, communication, digitization technology, and messaging. I will make it a priory to help implement the processes and technologies necessary to make information available online which will streamline the public information request process and increase transparency.

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

The first step I would take to increase citizen engagement is to communicate and embody the belief that the Council needs to hear all ideas from our communities – not just those that receive council time or media attention. I would then communicate this message digitally. 

In today’s world it is imperative that you communicate digitally; not only to increase awareness and reduce costs but also to foster involvement and trust.  Cities that are investing in technology are realizing cost savings that are critical to operations and their ability to meet their constituent’s expectations for services. However, these efforts and new services are not impactful if people aren’t aware of them. Outbound communications are critical to driving usage and engagement. Facebook, Twitter, google+, Tumblr, streaming, real-time Q&A from online attendees, and Reddit are all channels I would use to communicate with my constituents. I would  institute a “create once publish everywhere” mentality to make sure that important information is always in front of the county’s stakeholders no matter where they get their daily information. 


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

This is a difficult question to answer due to the fact that each department in each local government could have different technologies and agendas. However, cultivating communication is always the first step in improving cooperation. In this case much of improved cooperation could be achieved via synchronizing technology and information management systems.

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

The need for regionalism and coordination is rooted in a number of related challenges. 1) The problems in our region are too large and complex for one unit of government to address alone.  In addition, some decisions made by one municipality can have adverse impacts on other municipalities, 2) at the same time issues such as economic development, and solid waste disposal (to name a few) are examples of challenges that require regional cooperation. The concept behind the new county government is to maintain local input and decision-making while addressing the shortcomings of fragmented governmental authorities.

I believe the benefits from regionalism/regional approaches to planning and coordination of services come from economies of scale derived from the effectiveness and efficiency of pooling resources and from utilizing the available capacity within regional development organizations.

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

Without an adequate assessment, I am not able to answer this question at this time.

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

Not having any experience observing this dynamic first hand, I am not able to answer this question at this time.


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. 

I have never run for public office

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

I have never held a public office position

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 the education, experience, and ability to add value to the Council and positively impact the lives of people in Cuyahoga County--I am confident of that. I have MBA from Case Western Reserve University and a MIM (Master of International Management) from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management.  In addition to a solid education I have over 15 years of professional business experience, along with 10 years of combined Accounting, Commercial and Capital Markets experience.  I have a thorough understanding of the tools needed to stimulate private sector investment that result in the creation of permanent, private sector jobs, increased productivity, and improvement in the local tax base. I would leverage all of my experience to help the County meet the demands of an ever changing national/global economy and achieve its strategic initiatives.


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

The lake front is one of our great assets. The County should spend a good amount of time working with other counties along to lakefront to cultivate and utilize this asset. With that said, I think it is very important that the county work with stakeholders to further utilize our port(s) to connect our economy with emerging economies around the world.

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

As I mention above, I think it is very important that the county work with stakeholders to connect our economy with emerging economies around the world. The pace of globalization has quickened. The gradual process that gave local economies ample time to adjust is gone. In just a couple of decades, the world will become substantially global. By 2050, it is estimated that more than 3 billion additional people will be living in what is now described as the developing world. Emerging Markets represent a large untapped opportunity to increase productivity and growth in Northeast Ohio. Various Emerging Market economies represent great export opportunities for Northeast Ohio Middle Market Manufacturing companies. For every manufacturing job created, 4 indirect jobs are created.  And every dollar in final sales of manufactured products supports $1.34 in output from other sectors. 

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?


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

Conflicts of interest undermine trust and moral. The cornerstones of our constitution are the concepts of separation of power and checks and balances. Therefore it is important that the county charter also reflects these concepts and that disputes are decided independently and impartially.

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

The stadium deal is the most lopsided agreement I have ever read! However, even though I don’t like it and think it takes advantage of the tax payers, it is a legally binding contract entered into by representatives that voters put in office. With that being said, there are reputational, legal, and financial risks which could be levied if the city does not meet its obligations outlined in the lease.  Therefore I think we should renew the Sin Tax and then seek to nullify/renegotiate the contract via the legal system.