County Exec Candidate David Ellison Profiled in Cleveland Plain Dealer
September 20, 2010 in Local Elections
David Ellison is a long time Green Party organizer in Cleveland, Ohio. He is running for County Executive in Cuyahoga County. Ellison gets a full profile treatment in this piece by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Some excerpts:
Rivals don’t see him as a threat, but while most offer mealy-mouthed answers to questions about the county’s Ameritrust and medical mart endeavors, Ellison shares personal experiences.
In 2007, he organized a small protest of the proposed demolition of the Ameritrust tower, which stands today as a reminder of the failures of lame-duck county officials. Commissioners favored razing the building to make way for a new governing center, but plans stalled, and the taxpayers’ investment exceeds $40 million.
The same year, Ellison helped lead a petition drive for a referendum on the quarter-cent sales-tax increase that commissioners approved to build the medical mart project. His group failed to collect enough signatures. Ellison blames a lack of support from anti-tax Republicans.
Though Ellison’s efforts were hardly a factor, he is able to cite his work as a citizen activist as proof that he has fought the old-guard politicians on issues that remain controversial.
“David is just excellent in the sense that he’s been consistent with his community activism,” said Brian Cummins, a city councilman in Cleveland who has been involved in Green politics and worked with Ellison on the referendum push. “He has a real strong social conscience.”