MEET ERICK WALKER

He's not flashy or seeking the spotlight. He simply wants to be your voice at City Hall.

I was born and raised in Cleveland.

I attended Cleveland Public Schools—Robert Fulton—until the sixth grade. My mother was a single working woman who kept a close eye on me growing up. In the seventh grade, she transferred me to Lutheran Schools where I studied until I graduated from Lutheran High School East.

After high school, I attended the University of Akron and joined the United States Army Reserves. I served in the Reserves eight years to help pay for college.

Today, I’m employed by the Cleveland Public Library where I’ve worked for 26 years. I’m very active in my union, SEIU 1199, as an Executive Board member. In that role, I represent over 300 union members and have successfully negotiated a number of contracts to ensure they were fair and equitable to unionized workers.

I attended Mt. Olive Baptist Church on 126th and Kinsman for 13 years. Since 2012, I have been a member of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church on 89th and Quincy.

In 2013 I was accepted into the Neighborhood Leadership Institute (NLI) class 30, where I learned about the City of Cleveland and how to productively advocate for the residents in my community.

On September 26, 2020, after the murder of George Floyd, I led an event in our community sponsored by Reclaim Ward 4 called “A Call 4 Change.”  The event’s purpose was to get people in our neighborhood registered to vote and to complete the census. We were successful in registering close to 100 new voters. I strongly believe that it’s important to increase the voting participation in Ward 4 to get the attention we desperately need from City Hall.

I will work hard every day to make sure people can sign up to vote. I am a proud member of NAACP and I believe this organization will be a key partner promoting voter registration in Ward 4.

Why am I Running for City Council?

I’m running for City Council to move Ward 4 forward, to address poverty and to support “out of the box” ideas to address crime.

I will continue to support our seniors and talk with them about what’s important to them.

I think it’s time that the citizens of Cleveland be allowed to address their leaders at City Council meetings petition City leaders for redress of grievances.

I believe we should prioritize establishing a school on the Cleveland’s east side similar to the Max Hayes School on the west side—where our young men and women can learn trade skills.

I believe that every human being has a right to dignity and that dignity includes a good job making at least $15 dollars an hour.

I also believe that dignity includes providing health care options for people who need help and can’t afford it.

I will passionately fight to be an advocate for Ward 4 and I will seek to be in partnership with individuals and institutions that are trying to advance the quality of life in our Ward.

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