Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Kelley to step down in December after 16 years as Cleveland Heights mayor
Cleveland Heights Mayor Ed Kelley announced last night at city council’s meeting that he will not run for reelection this November. Kelley has been mayor since 1997 and a member of council since 1993.
Voters in Cleveland Heights do not vote directly for mayor. Council selects the mayor from among its members.
Kelley’s announcement means that come January 1, 2014 nearly half of the seven member Council will have turned over since the last council election, a highly unusual circumstance for a body whose membership has seen little relatively change over the past decade. Bonnie Caplan announced earlier this summer that she would be retiring after twenty years on council. And Phyllis Evans resigned in June of last year in the midst of declining health. Evans died last week.
Six candidates have pulled petitions to date to run for Council, including Jeff Coryell, who grabbed petitions this morning following Kelley’s announcement. He joins council hopefuls Fran Mentch and Melissa Yasinow and incumbents Cheryl L. Stephens and Jason S. Stein who are known contenders for the four full term seats on the ballot in November. Janine Boyd, who was appointed to Council last October after Evans’ resignation, has pulled petitions to run for the two remaining years of Evans’ term.
The filing deadline for Cleveland Heights council candidates is September 6. Candidates must submit a minimum of 310 valid signatures of registered voters to be certified for the November ballot. All candidates run city-wide.