Election Day

Polls close for Election 2017 in a little over five hours. It has turned into a beautiful fall day in Lakewood, and I hope as many people as possible will enjoy it while being part of our community’s future.

For anyone taking a last-minute look,

My background includes degrees in business administration and public administration; two startups; volunteer work as county coordinator for OSHIIP; a great tenure doing outreach for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank; and working as regional field director for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign.

My goals include substantive measures to protect Lakewood’s green space, and public services; improved senior amenities; promoting inclusive policies over those that discriminate like Lakewood’s current nuisance law and breed-specific dog ordinance; and better year-round communication and participation for all Lakewood residents in the decisions that affect them, before those decisions get made.

I am endorsed by the local UAW, AFSCME, Northeast Ohio Young Black Democrats, Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, Our Revolution, Cleveland Action Democrats, DSA Cleveland and Working Families Party…

I have also been endorsed by a number of Lakewood residents, and I hope very much that you will join them when you mark your ballot.

This campaign is about our local community, and what we can do together to help make Lakewood better for all.

This campaign is community-focused

“It’s not about me, it’s about us,” was how I concluded my first formal speech as a candidate. Since then, our campaign has tried to reflect this as much as possible. I have held open, community meetings throughout Lakewood. I have declined corporate contributions and run the campaign on small, individual donations. Even on our literature, we have chosen photos showing the people that this campaign is for, rather than just photos of me.

I am grateful for all the formal endorsements I have received. But the response from the Lakewood community is what matters most, and I have been honored by all the people who have voiced support for me. In the newspaper, in person, online, with yard signs…

As we begin the final week of the campaign, it’s heartening that this support is still arriving.

Honored by this citizen endorsement

Stan Austin is a genuine pillar of the community. He has been an organizer, has worked on campaign after campaign, spent years covering city council as a citizen journalist…
So his endorsement in the most recent Lakewood Observer is very humbling.

Forty years ago I was one of the co-founders of the Lakewood Democratic Club. The organizers of the Club felt that Lakewood was facing a crossroad and progressive Democrats had to organize in order to put our agenda out to the public and elect Democrats to Lakewood offices. In that effort I think we have been largely successful to the benefit of Lakewood.

Today I think we still face some significant issues such as a massive giveaway of City assets and thinly disguised discrimantory laws such as breed specific ordinances.

I have watched Tristan Rader on the campaign trail. He first of all recognizes these kinds of issues. Secondly, he has logically thought them through with a fresh look and a respectful recognition of our past.

It’s time that we in Lakewood catch up with our future again!

Thank you, Stan. You have been a tremendously generous example, and I will do my best to live up to that standard in service to Lakewood.

Endorsed by Cleveland Action Democrats

Thank you very much to Cleveland Action Democrats for honoring me with your support!

Tristan Rader is a young leader in Lakewood that we hope will play a major role in the future of Lakewood and Cuyahoga County politics. We believe that the future of Cuyahoga County must be a place that protects seniors, our environment, our public education, limits home vacancies, and is a place where working families and young people will want to call home. We believe Tristan has a great understanding of national issues and local issues.

Tristan is on the right side of Lakewood’s unjust ban of dogs with a pit bull breed background. We stand with Charlie, his owner, and to an end to this ban. We hope Tristan will consider animal-friendly solutions to current local wildlife issues. [Note: absolutely will consider these options first.]

Tristan is a member of the Lakewood Democratic Club, a Co-founder of the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, and is working on the yes on 2 campaign. We are happy to give him our fullest endorsement.

About the The Cleveland and suburbs of Cleveland Action Democrats: “From the West Side to the East Side, we are peaceful, peace loving, disciplined, and intelligent. Bring your ideas, bring hope, we are a bottom up organization. We need friendship, togetherness, and strong Democratic locals.”

You are a very welcome addition to my list of endorsements. I will do what I can to make you proud.

National endorsements & local support

It has been an amazing three days measured by response from the public (who are the point of this campaign).

This evening, I received another national endorsement from Working Families. This is a fantastic organization, rapidly growing beyond its base in the Northeast, which already has a strong track record fighting for working Americans: equal pay, predictable scheduling, paid sick leave, etc. I’m proud to be one of their endorsed candidates, and to help promote the Working Families mission here in Ohio.

At the same time, page 12 of this week’s paper brings another citizen endorsement from here in Lakewood:

Tristan has been an active member of the community, and stood up for what he believes is right. As I have volunteered with him and gotten to know him over the past few years, I have no doubt that he will place the views of the community first, even if that means taking difficult positions when necessary. I hope that the people of Lakewood will take a closer look at the candidates and seriously consider Tristan Rader for city council.

Support from the Community

I’m proud of the endorsements I have received from organizations, particularly Our Revolution, which carries on the national campaign for progressive change that Senator Bernie Sanders inspired last year.

But I am honored by the support from within our community. I’m running to represent the people of Lakewood, and the people will ultimately judge my candidacy. So I am deeply grateful for recent letters-to-the-editor from Lakewood residents.

Tim Collingwood, in The Lakewood Observer:

…when I moved to Lakewood close to three years ago this October, there was one person I knew who respected people and got around issues and causes that people supported simply because he cares about the community he lives in. That person is Tristan Rader.

…When I went to a Town Hall meeting at Garfield School not too long ago, I mentioned that Cranford Ave has been slow to repair the street and repair the sidewalks. Tristan said that he would talk to the people currently tasked to see that through, and within a week of that promise, I saw construction workers working on the street which is now pot-hole free, and working on the sidewalks making them easier to walk on. I saw something get done.

…We need someone who will truly be a public servant for public service. That person is Tristan Rader, and he has my full support. I hope you consider him in the upcoming local election.