City of Cleveland cancels May 4 election

Jim Carson, CEO of the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, on May 19 shows Cleveland City Council the stickers the chamber is giving out to promote Cleveland.

By Vanesa Brashier,

The City of Cleveland official canceled the May 4 election at the March 19 council meeting as the candidates are unopposed. Mayor Otis Cohn will return for another term in office as will Position 2 Councilwoman Marilyn Clay.

Carolyn McWaters, who previously held a seat on city council, is returning to claim Position 1, which is being vacated by Mike Penry, who did not seek reelection.

In public comments, Jim Carson, CEO for the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, shared news of the chamber’s upcoming Taste of Cleveland, set for April 17, at the Cleveland Civic Center.

He also showed council stickers that the chamber is giving out that promote Cleveland. The stickers were the creation of the Rev. Brad Dancer, pastor of Rural Shade Baptist Church in Tarkington.

“Our goal is to promote Cleveland and let people know it’s a great place to live,” Carson said.

Mayor Protem Danny Lee, in reports from the council, explained that he was filling in for Mayor Otis Cohn, who is battling colon cancer.

“We had an hour-long conversation. For five minutes he talked about his health and the other 55 minutes he talked about the city,” said Lee, adding that he admires Cohn for his endless dedication to the city.

In other business, council approved abandoning a 10 X 475-foot alleyway on Pearl St. The alleyway backs the properties of a couple of residents in the George W. Jordan Subdivision.

“The alleyway has no utility and cannot be accessed by anyone but the property owners,” explained City Attorney David Olson.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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