City Councilman Westbrook to Retire

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Jay Westbrook, councilman for Cleveland's Ward 16, will officially announce his plans to retire at the end of 2013 today.

Westbrook has served on city council since 1980 and served as president from 1990-99, when a coup ousted Westbrook and instated Mike Polensek.

Ward 16 is really bizarrely shaped: It's the anorexic Africa of Cleveland's "Mid-west Side." It includes the Edgewater, Cudell, and West Boulevard neighborhoods. Westbrook's term ends on Dec. 31, 2013 and he says he has no intention of running for re-election.

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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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