Support Local Journalism. Donate to Cleveland Scene.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Cleveland City Councilwoman Dona Brady is Stepping Down

Posted By on Mon, Jan 27, 2020 at 8:00 PM

click to enlarge EMANUEL WALLACE / SCENE
  • Emanuel Wallace / Scene
Cleveland City Councilwoman Dona Brady announced at Monday night's council meeting that she will step down from her Ward 11 seat. Brady has served on council since 1999 and represents portions of the west side neighborhoods of Edgewater, Cudell, West Boulevard, Jefferson and Bellaire-Puritas.

"I am grateful to have served my hometown as a public official," she said in brief remarks.

In recent months, Brady has been at the center of a controversy regarding shelter for the homeless in her ward. The nonprofit Metanoia Project partnered with the Denison Avenue United Church of Christ to provide emergency overnight shelter during the cold-weather months for those who are unable or unwilling to access other shelters.



On Christmas Eve, a "cease use" order was taped to the door of Denison UCC. Pastor Nozomi Ukuta has called the partnership with Metanoia a "protected and essential expression of our faith," and has appealed the "cease use" order. In early January, more than 100 supporters gathered at City Hall on the church's behalf, calling on city leaders to establish a sustainable cold-weather plan, and to show compassion for the city's most vulnerable populations.

Councilmen Kerry McCormack, Matt Zone and Basheer Jones met with homeless advocates in the wake of vocal public support. Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless Executive Director Chris Knestrick wrote in a Cleveland.com op-ed that Brady had refused every invitation to discuss the issue.

It's not clear, however, that the Denison UCC controversy inspired Brady to step down. It has been suggested that she wanted out some years ago. (Why then, we wonder, did she run for re-election in 2017?)

She announced her decision at Monday's council meeting and said she would officially step down at the end of January. She did not announce the name of who she will appoint to replace here.

Brady's resignation comes only three months after another west side council member, Ward 17's Martin Keane, bowed out, only to get a juicy city appointment in the Department of Utilities. Brady, like Keane, will get to appoint a successor in Ward 11 while the voters will have no say in the matter. They'll wait nearly two full years (until the Nov. 2021 election) before they'll get to elect a representative for their ward. Along with her colleagues, Brady will continue to oppose the Tony-George-led council reduction measures. 

Brady currently serves as vice chairwoman of the Municipal Services & Properties Committee and also serves on the Finance, Workforce & Community Benefits, and Mayor's Appointments committees.

Sign up for Scene's weekly newsletters to get the latest on Cleveland news, things to do and places to eat delivered right to your inbox.

 

Tags: , , , , ,

We’re keeping you informed…
...and it’s what we love to do. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, Scene Magazine has been keeping Cleveland informed for years.

It’s never been more important to support local news sources, especially as we all deal with the ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic. Almost everything Scene is about -- our stories, our events, our advertisers -- comes down to getting together. With events on hold, and no print distribution for the foreseeable future, every little bit helps.

A free press means accountability and a well-informed public, and we want to keep our unique and independent reporting available for many, many years to come.

If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to Scene. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture. Thank you.

Comments (6)

Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

© 2020 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation