2010 CE G Digital Dossier: Ellison, David

Digital Dossier: Ellison, David

The information below is from our independent research.  If you would like a copy of this candidate's campaign disclosure form or response to our questionnaire, please e-mail us at tclogc@gmail.com

For an update on campaign finance, please read: http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga-county/index.ssf/2010/08/matt_dolan_and_ed_fitzgerald_lead_money_race_for_cuyahoga_county_executive_primaries.html

Name: David Ellison


Date of Birth and Age on Election Day: 50[1]


Political Party Affiliation: Green


Campaign Address: 6403 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102[2]


Campaign Officers/Participants:

-          Joseph M. Crano, CPA – Treasurer[3]


Campaign Endorsements/Affiliations: None known


Home Address: 3118 Carroll Avenue.


Spouse/Significant Other:




Educational History:


The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Employment History:

D.H. Ellison Co., 1998 – present[5]


Social/Civic/Club Affiliations:

-          Historic District Architectural Review Board, Gates Mills[6]

-          The Institute of Classical Architecture, Ohio and Erie Chapter President [7]


Criminal Record: None known


Civil Litigation: David Ellison v. Frank Russo, Cuy. Ct. C.P. No. CV-09-700782


Bankruptcies: None known


Ethical Issues: None known


Prior Campaigns: None known


Money Raised as of June 30, 2010: $0[8]


Cash on Hand as of June 30, 2010: $0[9]

[1] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaN2mys6npw&feature=PlayList&p=5824BBBA91DE3A89&index=0&playnext=1

[2] http://www.electdavidellison.com/

[3] http://www.electdavidellison.com/

[4] http://auditor.cuyahogacounty.us/REPI/General.asp

[5] http://dhellison.com/about.php

[6] http://www.gatesmillsvillage.com/village_committees_am.html

[7] http://www.classicist.org/membership-and-chapters/professional-directory/region/midwest/; http://www.classicist.org/membership-and-chapters/chapters/ohio-and-erie/

[8] http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga-county/index.ssf/2010/07/cuyahoga_county_executive_candidates_file_first_campaign_finance_reports.html

[9] http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga-county/index.ssf/2010/07/cuyahoga_county_executive_candidates_file_first_campaign_finance_reports.html

I.          Integrity

  1. 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


  1. Did you attend any type of ethics training relating to holding or campaigning for public office?  What I have been taught by family and my profession. 


  1. 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?  No


  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.  David Ellison vs. Frank Russo, Auditor re:  tax valuation.


  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.  No


  1. What steps have you taken to ensure that your campaign is complying with Ohio Campaign Finance law?  Attended training at the Board of Elections, enlisted an accountant as treasurer, ask questions when necessary.


  1. In your opinion, what are the most important steps that can be taken to prevent the type of corruption that has recently been alleged to have occurred in county offices and other public entities?   Ethics training for all County employees, legal counsel outside of County Prosecutors Office, ongoing refinement of election procedures & openness.

II.         Transparency

  1. What steps do you believe can be taken at the county level to make access to public records easier?  Computerization & digitalization, funding an independent media watchdog(s) and developing a culture of transparency.


  1. What steps do you believe can be taken to make campaign finance reports more transparent/easily accessible to the public?  Electronic filing & rapid availability to the public.


10.  What steps do you believe can be taken to make the operation of the new county government more transparent?  Conduct business in the open, invite public scrutiny and end the culture of secrecy.

III.       Efficiency

11.  What steps do you believe could be taken to improve cooperation and between county government and other local governments?  Improve communications & look for ways to work together on common problems.


12.  Describe any specific areas where you believe it would be beneficial to pool regional resources (bad question—we can work on it).  Purchasing, healthcare & energy, school administration, EMS, development planning.


13.  Please generally describe your position on the issue of regionalism.  The success of the City is essential to the success of the region.  We’ve got to find a way to address our common concerns.

IV.       Competence

14.  Have you ever run for public office? If so, please identify the office and the date of the election.  No


15.  What public offices have you held? When?  None


16.  Describe your experience in administering or managing an organization, and provide details relating to the size and nature of the organization:  Green’s/GPUSA – 1000 members; my architectural office – 5 employees; various construction projects.


17.  Have you participated in preparing a budget for a business, government organization, or non-profit organization?  If so, please generally describe that experience.  Yes, for my business & its projects & for non-profits:  CPT, ICA & CA.


18.  Have you dealt with public finance issues (i.e.  predicting tax revenues, bond issuance, etc.) in any prior position?  Describe your experience in public finance. If such experience is limited, please describe related experience.  None in public finance but in non-profit & for profit business income & revenue & expenses.


19.  Do you have any experience relating to accounting; if yes, please describe.  An architect is constantly involved in the budgeting & accounting for costs on a project.


20.  Have you ever held a public position in which you held public meetings? If so, describe that position and your role.  Group Facilitator, Committee of 500 Years Activist, Green Party – Public Affairs Meetings on Environmental Issues.


21.  Have you, or any business in which you held more than a 50% interest, ever filed for bankruptcy.  When, where?  No


22.  In any prior position, have you developed, implemented or been in charge of enforcing an ethics policy for employees? If so, please describe.  My firm has an ethics policy and I am subject to the ethics policy of the AIA.


23.  Have you ever held a public position where you managed employees who were subject to civil service laws.  When?  Where?  No


24.  Have you ever held a public or private position where you managed employees who were subject to a collective bargaining agreement?  When, Where?  No

V.        Policy

25.  What philosophy will you follow in appointing leadership positions within county government?  Positions will be based on merit.


26.  What steps do you believe county government can take to take advantage of Cuyahoga County’s lake front?  Facilitate the development and codification of a land-use & management plan.


27.  What steps do you believe county government can take to promote business development?  It can evaluate and adjust tax structures to ensure fairness and it can facilitate compliance w/regulations.


28.  In your opinion, what is the single most important thing county government can do to promote economic development?  It can establish credibility & integrity within itself to create an environment suitable for investment.


29.  Please identify and generally explain your top three public policy goals.


Work Toward Consensus = Improve communication & trust at all levels – inside County Gov’t. – in community and among municipalities & all stakeholders especially in matters pertaining to our common future.


Maintain Safety Net = Improve efficiencies, eliminate corruption, cronyism, nepotism, help improve economy and find ways to get people into productive jobs thereby reducing the need for public assistance – ensure credibility and results-based prioritization of services.


Jobs & The Economy = Establish mechanisms & programs to help keep our money here, the Bank of Cuyahoga County, the independent business alliance, the local currency, teach economics, business & financial planning in public schools K-12, provide jobs through a corps, similar to CCC of new deal, to create a legacy of public projects benefiting all.