Endorsed candidates

Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus officially endorses the following candidates in 2017.


Bedford City Council Ward 3:

Otto Ersek

Otto has been a resident of Ward 3 since late 2012. His goals include hiring a qualified Director of Economic Development; fighting for quality work and labor protections when council votes on new projects; modernizing sewer and water mains; more choices as to who provides TV, Phone, and Internet services to the city; and protecting the environment of the city.



Brecksville - Broadview Heights School Board

Fred Pedersen



Cleveland City Council:

Joe Jones (Ward 1)


Gail Sparks (Ward 4)

Gail Sparks has had an extensive career in the civil service and non-profit arenas spanning nearly two decades. Following 10 years with the Board of County Commissioners as an Eligibility Specialist and Case Manager, she opened her own boutique in Larchmere. In addition, working together with her husband Brian, she became a property owner and manager, rehabilitating housing, and specializing in providing low-income housing to individuals in need on the Eastside.

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Michelle Burk (Ward 13)


Jasmin Santana (Ward 14)

Jasmin has lived in Cleveland’s Ward 14 for the past 22 years, is married and is raising two teen-age children. Jasmin is bilingual English/Spanish and has been applying her skills in non-profit organizations in minority communities for the past 12 years. Jasmin is currently focusing on public safety and lead abatement issues as Coordinator of Community Engagement in Ward 14, at Hispanic Alliance.

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Alex Karrfalt (Ward 15)


Ellen Cleary (Ward 16)


Cleveland Heights At Large City Council

T. Nadas

Nadas is 13 years a resident in Cleveland Heights, and is Manager of Clinical Quality Systems at EnvisionRx. He is a member of Cleveland Heights' Citizens Advisory Committee, and Secretary of the Cleveland Heights Democrats Club. He is an English & Philosophy graduate of Case Western Reserve University, and an M.B.A. graduate of University of Phoenix Alumnus. His priorities are transparency, family, innovation and sustainability.

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Melissa Yasinow

Yasinow has served on Cleveland Heights City Council since 2014. She is the Chair of the Municipal Services Committee, the Vice Chair of Administrative Services, and a Member of the Finance Committee. Her accomplishments on City Council include championing passage of Issue 53 (supporting fire and safety services); fighting for increased infrastructure maintenance; and championing the Cleveland Heights Human Rights Ordinance.

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Lakewood City Council At-Large:

Tristan Rader

Tristan began his political career as regional field director for Bernie Sanders in 2016, organizing teams throughout Northeast Ohio and helping Senator Sanders win Lakewood by 10 points. Tristan is running for Lakewood city council to advocate a progressive vision, for more community participation in government, protection of parks and other public services, and resistance to discriminatory policies. In addition to activism and volunteering, Tristan works for the Yes on Issue 2 campaign; he and his wife Caitlin make their home just steps from downtown Lakewood.

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North Olmsted City Council Ward 2:

Chris Glassburn



Parma Board of Education:

Amanda Karpus

Amanda Karpus (nee Coyne) was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. She is a mom, a wife, and a local business owner who wants to bring integrity, transparency, and accountability back to the Parma City School District. She has been an active parent – serving on the PTA Scholarship committee, STEM Advisory Council member, and most recently the Focus on the Future Facilities Usage and District Operations Committee.

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Rocky River City Council Ward 4:

Mark Szabo



Shaker Heights At Large City Council:

Sarah Megenhardt

A proud Shaker Heights resident for over 15 years, Sarah Garver Megenhardt has spent her career building and running non-profit organizations. She most recently served as a founding board member of Babies Need Boxes Ohio with four other dedicated Shaker moms. Having spent time as a consultant with Lorain Community College’s Department of Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute, Sarah has much experience putting her innovative problem solving skills to good use. She currently resides in Shaker’s Onaway neighborhood with her husband Dave and daughters Vivian and Claudia. Megenhardt's goals for city council, if elected, include promoting a transition to clean energy; increasing government transparency and accessibility; and building community.

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Tres Roeder

Roeder was first elected to the Shaker Heights City Council in 2013. He chairs the task force on 21st Century Government, is a member of the Safety and Public Works Committee, and is a board member of the Shaker Heights Development Corporation. Tres is Vice President of the Northeast Ohio City Council Association where he collaborates with council members from approximately 40 cities. Professionally, Tres is a recognized expert on project management and organizational change.  A former consultant with a top strategy firm, he is founder and president of Roeder Consulting, a "Weatherhead 100" Upstart company.

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Anne Williams



South Euclid City Council Ward 3:

Sara Continenza

Sara made the choice to move to South Euclid because of the amazing homes, community gardening programs, and diversity. As a resident, she was inspired to put together Bexley's first ever block party and start the Bexley Community Group. She also serves on the Board for OneSouthEuclid, South Euclid's Community Development Corporation. She is excited to run for Council and take her community leadership to the next level. Sara earned her B.A. in English and B.S. in Human Development from The Ohio State University, and in 2014 earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Cleveland State University, and she is now managing her own nonprofit, Whole Vision Corps, which aims to promote community development and wellness through urban agriculture, active living, and the arts.

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University Heights Mayor:

Michael Brennan

Michael Dylan Brennan is a candidate for Mayor of University Heights. Michael has lived in University Heights for over 14 years. He is a volunteer and participant in numerous community and charitable organizations throughout both the Heights and Northeastern Ohio. He is a lawyer, practicing in the areas of business litigation, consumer protection, employment rights, and animal rights, licensed in Ohio since 1996.

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