Cuyahoga County Council's Young Guy

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Julian Rogers is young.
  • Julian Rogers is young.

A flip through the faces of your freshly minted Cuyahoga County Council reveals a fairly representative slice of the county’s demographics: seven white, four black. Eight men, three women. Three Republicans, eight Democrats.

The most noteworthy disparity could be with the Brylcreem and dentures quotient: Four of the 11 councilmembers are more than 60 years old, and the mean age is 51. Only one member is unquestionably under the hill: 36-year-old Julian Rogers.

Rogers recognizes that he represents not only his district, but the entire no-chance-for-Social-Security set. “I’ve been speaking with people about that a lot lately,” he says. “I think that there’s a movement afoot. There are a lot of young leaders that are working quietly about town to change things.”

Rogers faces a unique challenge on council in that his district is the most schizophrenic in the city, a mash-up of blue-blood Cleveland Heights, deep-pocketed Bratenahl, and empty-pocketed East Cleveland.

“I think there are more commonalities than differences,” he says. “Mainly people want good services, they want to live in a safe environment where they can walk their streets, and all the areas in District 10 have had problems in those areas.”

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Vince Grzegorek

Vince Grzegorek has been with Scene since 2007 and editor-in-chief since 2012. He previously worked at Discount Drug Mart and Texas Roadhouse.
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