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Cuyahoga County Democrats elect Congresswoman Fudge protege Shontel Brown as the first Black and first woman party chairperson, Brown beating out Newburgh Heights Mayor Trever Elkins and State Senator Sandra Williams, who is Black like Fudge and Brown

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Pictured are Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown (wearing red suit jacket), who is the newly elected chairperson of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, Brown political mentor Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-11) (wearing blue-green suit jacket), and Ohio State Senator Sandra Williams (wearing black suit jacket)
ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4.8 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4.8 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM- EUCLID, Ohio- Executive committee members of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party elected Cuyhoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown of Warrensville Heights its first Black and first woman chairperson at a meeting at Euclid High School on Saturday morning, the outcome of which was a show of power of the political machine of 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia fudge, also a Warrensville Heights Democrat like Brown, and Brown's political mentor.

 

Other key elected officials supporting Brown in her successful bid to lead the powerful county Democratic party include Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley, and Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, a Fudge ally.

 

Brown, 42, and a Black female leader in her own right, replaces former county Democratic Party chairman Stuart Garson, a well-to-due White attorney who quit the unpaid post Aug 4 before the completion of his current term as chairman, which officially ended next June.

 

Brown beat Newburgh Heights Mayor Trevor Elkins, who is White, in the second round of voting after failing to meet the 51 percent threshold needed to win in round one where she got 47.7 percent to Elkin's 34.2 percent with state Sen Sandra Williams, who is Black and a Cleveland Democrat, getting 18.6 percent and then purportedly urging some of her supporters to back Brown in round two.

 

Fudge's largely Black 11th congressional district includes parts of the city of Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs and she is one of two Blacks in congress from Ohio, the other of whom is Congresswoman Joyce Beatty of Columbus.

 

A former state representative elected to the Ohio Senate in 2014, Williams has connections to the Ohio Democratic Party and was a key player as the then president of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus regarding the controversial remapping of the state's congressional districts that took effect in 2012.

 

The Ohio General Assembly redraws congressional districts every 10 years based upon population changes per the U.S. Census.

 

The new legislative redistricting map reduced Ohio from 18 to 16 congressional seats via congressional seat elections in 2012, and due to population reductions.

 

As a by-product of the congressional redistricting changes and the loss of two congressional seats in Ohio, then congressman Dennis Kucinich of Cleveland lost his congressional seat in 2012 to longtime 9th District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur after they were forced to run against each other.

 

A Toledo Democrat and the longest serving woman in congress, Kaptur's 9th congressional district now extends to Cleveland, a largely Black major American city led by three-term Black Democratic mayor Frank Jackson, a Fudge ally.

 

Kaptur was preferred by some consequential Democrats over the outspoken Kucinich, a former Cleveland boy mayor who ran unsucessfully for president in 2004 and 2008 and a socialist-type Democrat against war at any cost who was sometimes critical of the Obama administration, and his own Democratic party.  And Kucinich ran a clean congressional race against Kaptur, partly because he and Kaptur had been congressional friends, and because Kaptur keeps her nose clean.

 

State Sen Williams backed the official 2012 redistricting map supported by then Ohio Democratic Party chairman Chris Redfern, whose successor is now state party chairman David Pepper, and to the purported dissatisfaction of Fudge, some influential Democrats in general, and a cadre of greater Cleveland Black leaders, including George Forbes, the former longtime president of the Cleveland NAACP and a former longtime Cleveland City Council president.

 

Williams is obviously a sophisticated political player within the party who has support, and who should not be taken lightly, sources said yesterday.

 

Also an attorney, Forbes had been conferring with then Republican state House Speaker William Batchelder relative to the map, which, per his recommendation to Batchelder, would have given Kucinich a better chance of winning, and required an ultimate vote of the Republican-dominated Ohio General Assembly, as do all of the every-10-years redistricting maps of congressional districts in Ohio.

 

Batchelder is also a former Ohio 9th District Court of Appeals judge and the husband of Judge Alice Batchhelder, a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals of the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati.

 

The new map, and proposed redistricting maps leading to the new map, favor Republican congressional candidates, Democrats complained, although they had little leverage up against Republicans who run Ohio, essentially, and of whom hold all of the state non-judicial offices, including the governorship held by term-limited John Kasich, attorney general, secretary of state and auditor.

 

But the new map also brought Ohio a second Black congressperson behind U.S. Rep. Fudge in U.S. Rep. Beatty, a redistricting win that Fudge, Forbes, and the Cleveland NAACP, among others, support.

 

Beatty is a former state representative and the wife of former state representative Otto Beatty Jr, also of Columbus, and a Democrat like his wife.

 

Like the previous redistricting proposals, the new map, with Forbes and Black leaders and Black elected officials as watch dogs, also protects Fudge's majority Black congressional territory per the voting provision the Civil Rights Act of 1965 that precludes a deliberate diluting or gerrymandering of the Black vote in largely Black congressional districts, her 11th congressional district of which now also includes a largely Black pocket of voters of the city of Akron, and staggering parts of Akron's Summit County.

 

Cuyahoga County is the state's second largest county behind Franklin County, which includes the city of Columbus, Ohio's largest city, with Cleveland in second place.

 

It is a roughly 29 percent Black county and a Democratic stronghold that helped former president Barack Obama win the pivotal state of Ohio in the general election in 2008, and when the first Black president of the United States of America won a second four-year term in 2012.

 

The county Dems continue to recover from a long term public corruption and FBI probe that brought some 61 guilty pleas or convictions since 2008, mainly White businessmen associated with the county Democratic party, and including two former Democratic common pleas judges that served federal prison sentences, and former Cuyahoga Country Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, a former county party chairperson serving a 28-year federal prison sentence for racketeering and public corruption.

 

Dimora's sidekick and once a powerful county Democratic party operative, former county auditor Frank Russo took a plea deal for a 22-year prison sentence for his public -corruption- in -office illegalities.

 

ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4.8 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS : BREAKING NEWS ARTICLE: Cleveland police officers and detectives fired, including officer Michael Brelo, and six suspended as to the 137 shots deadly shooting of unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell.....Not all of the cops that did the shooting were fired....The firings should be vacated the police union says, which likely means arbitration ....A consent decree on police reforms with the city and the DOJ remains....Community activists renew the call for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, who shielded 12 of the 13 non-Black cops that did the shooting from criminal charges, to be voted out of office this year, and Congresswoman Fudge wants McGinty gone too.....Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell acquitted Brelo of manslaughter charges....By www.clevelandurbannews.com editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS Vote no on March 15, 2016 to the re-election of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty (pictured below) Twenty-three years of racist and corrupt McGinty as to 19 years as a common pleas judge and four years as a county prosecutor are enough....He is pro- police, anti-Black, anti -fair and anti-Tamir Rice....Greater Cleveland community activists, including the Imperial Women Coalition, Black on Black Crime Inc, the Carl Stokes Brigade, Puncture the Silence, Revolution Books, Peace in the Hood, the Oppressed People's Nation, the Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, the Million Women March Cleveland and the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party, want him voted out of office, as do the Cleveland NAACP and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge ....Read here what McGinty, who is White, has done to hurt the Black community and others as a judge and as an overzealous and unfair county prosecutor......By www.clevelandurbannews.com editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman



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PASS THIS ON PLEASE ACTIVISTS: Community activists to picket Cleveland News Channel 5 for harassment and defamation against Blacks and activists, harassment of the community allegedly led by News Director Jeff Harris (pictured), who joined the local televisionstation in 2014. Please call (216) 659-0473 if Harris, who is White, or anybody else at Cleveland Channel 5 News has harassed you or defamed you,or email us at editor@cleveland urbannews.com. Harris is reportedly being enlisted by police and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty to harass outspoken greater Cleveland Black activists, and according to Reporter John Kosich, has agreed to slant stories against the Black community and community activists. Greater Cleveland Black judges and elected officials have also experienced the racist wrath of Harris and Cleveland Channel 5 News, data show. Harris is also accused of taking kickbacks in money to do malicious and false stories against greater Cleveland Blacks and others for corrupt judges, politicians, racist cops, JPMorgan Chase Bank, and others. (By editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman)
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Kathy Wray Coleman is the editor-in-chief at Cleveland Urban News.Com and a 23-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. Coleman covered the presidential election for the Call and Post in 2008, including a one-on-one interview with now president Barack Obama.CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS