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.
ON THE ISSUES
- Believes “to attack crime, we must first attack poverty”
- Fund innovative programs to address crime in Ward 4 such as neighbor-to-neighbor
- Develop public safety career paths for Cleveland residents
- Focused job training in Ward 4 through the trades
- Accessible high-speed internet and WIFI for all Ward 4 residents
- Guaranteed $15 minimum wage
- Secure responsible ownership and revitalization of Shaker Square as a neighborhood center for all residents.
- Expand programs allowing seniors to stay in their homes
- Support efforts to supply affordable housing
- Hold absentee owners responsible for maintaining their properties
- Focus on food apartheid by promoting food sovereignty
- Encourage healthy eating through neighborhood-based gardening
- Promote and fund neighborhood parks for children
- Support public comment at Cleveland City Council meetings
- Encourage participation of residents in setting city budgets
- Set schedule in advance for monthly Ward 4 community meetings
- Support holding committee meetings at times and locations to promote resident attendance
Paid for by Friends of Erick Walker