Dale Miller (D): Candidate for District 2 Cuyahoga County Council
1. Name, age, where you live, current job
4300 West 143rd St.
Cleveland, OH 44135
Member of Cuyahoga County Council
2. Why do you want to serve on County Council?
I want to serve to help Cuyahoga County continue to make progress toward honest, open, efficient, and effective government. My priorities are 1) close the $15 million annual deficit in human service spending without eliminating vital services, 2) get the County to develop a strategic plan for health and human services to identify priorities, increase focus on preventive measures with long term benefits, find efficiencies, and eliminate overlaps, 3) identify funding needs and sources for the County's scholarship program and implement additional elements of the program, 4) oversee implementation of the Disparity Study and the recently passed Equity Plan, 5) help develop effective use of casino revenue of transformative place-making projects, 6) work closely with the Charter Review Commission to put a high quality set of improvements to the County Charter on the ballot and pass them, 7) improve the working relationship between the Council and the Executive, which has become strained, 8) improve transparency by enabling Councilmembers and the public to easily access the current status and history of any ordinance or resolution in the legislative process, and 9) implement a Leadership Team approach in Council, develop a Council agena, and improve the legislative process.
3. What do you bring to this position that makes you the most qualified?
I have the right temperament to provide effective leadership to Cuyahoga County. My focuses are on helping Cuyahoga County make progress, making the Council more effective, and helping each of my Council colleagues to enhance their leadership skills. I have strong core values of honesty, caring for others, inclusiveness, and hard work and am also able to work with all kinds of people, regardless of their style or politics to move the County forward. I prefer to solve problems by collaboration and consensus but can be a tough negotiator when needed.
My 30+ years of experience in legislation and public finance are helpful to the Council.
4. How specifically will we know that you are doing a good job?
The list of goals in the first question are ambitious and difficult and several are items that I am most active in working on. Progress toward achieving these goals would be evidence that I'm doing a good job.
County Councilperson, District 2