CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — While an elected mayor won’t take office until 2022, there will be two new City Council members, along with a pair of incumbents, sworn in on Jan. 6.
Earlier this year, council selected Melody Joy Hart and Davida Russell (OAPSE/AFSCME) as finalists for appointment to a vacant seat. But at that time, neither got the call.
They both wound up running for different council seats and, upon further review, residents sealed the deal on Nov. 5, making Hart and Russell the two top vote-getters out of a field of seven candidates split into two separate races.
Russell, a longtime Noble resident and labor leader with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees, won out over Councilman Craig Cobb — who was appointed by council in April over Hart and Russell — along with the other finalist, Tamika Martin, also from the Noble neighborhood.