Erick Walker Announces Campaign for Cleveland City Council
April 19, 2021 | PRESS RELEASE
Erick Walker, a lifelong Clevelander and activist who has worked to promote community strength through grassroots organizing and voter participation, today announced that he is seeking the Ward 4 seat on Cleveland City Council. Walker expects to be a candidate on the ballot on September 14, 2021, when the city holds its primary election. The top two finishers in the primary will continue to the general election on November 2.
In his announcement, Walker outlined a series of priorities he will champion to help bring stability and growth to Ward 4. “I’m running for City Council to move Ward 4 forward, to address poverty and support outside-the-box ideas to address crime in our community,” he said.
Cleveland’s Ward 4 includes all or parts of the city’s Buckeye-Shaker, Shaker Square, Buckeye-Woodland, Kinsman, Mount Pleasant and Union-Miles neighborhoods.
Promising to be a councilman who leads by listening, Walker emphasized the need for city residents to have their concerns heard at council meetings. “In these challenging times, when residents feel increasingly isolated from their neighbors, the last thing we can allow to happen is council turning a deaf ear to the very real problems our neighbors face each day,” he said. “I will work to make city government attentive and responsive to the needs of the people of Ward 4.”
Walker, a 26-year employee of the Cleveland Public Library, serves as an executive board member of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1199 representing over 300 union members in contract negotiations.
On September 26, 2020, after the murder of George Floyd, Walker led a community event sponsored by a local group, Reclaim Ward 4, called “A Call 4 Change.” The event resulted in the registration of 100 new voters.
“The residents of this community feel ignored at every level of city government—especially in our own ward,” Walker said. “I strongly believe it is important to increase the voter participation in Ward 4 if we are to get the attention from city hall that we desperately need. As the next councilperson for this community, I will continue to work hard every day to ensure Ward 4 residents are registered to vote, exercise their right to be heard, and have a leader who listens to and follows through on his promises.”
NEWS IN THE WARD
For too long Ward 4 has been without a forum for having conversations about our needs and wants. Under my leadership, community meetings will be held every month on a set date and time. During COVID they will necessarily be held virtually. As soon as we are able, however, we will meet in person.
I will collaborate with my east side colleagues to bridge the digital divide by establishing free, high speed wifi. Lack of access to technology is one of the defining inequities contributing to Cleveland being among the poorest large cities in America, and if not corrected, will keep our children at a disadvantage into the future.
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