Tristan Rader For City Council At-Large – Let’s Make Lakewood Better, Together

Lakewood at its best is a place that welcomes and connects new and old residents, alike, to something bigger. I’m running for city council at-large to help everyone share in this promise of an engaged vibrant community. Our city welcomed me when I needed a place to stay after returning from mission work several years ago. A friend in Lakewood took me in, and soon I truly had found a place where I wanted to stay. Although I was born in Cleveland, Lakewood has won my heart and is my home.

The people of Lakewood make this community special. There’s much else to love, of course; the lake, strong schools, our award winning library, and having so much of life within walking distance. But our city’s diversity and values are Lakewood’s greatest assets.

Ours is one of the most progressive cities in the state, and it deserves leadership that puts those values into practice locally.

As a Lakewood resident, I’ve benefited greatly from the friendships and opportunities here. While working for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, I also co-founded a start-up in Lakewood. I’m blessed with an exceptional wife, and a cozy house near Kauffman Park. It’s important to me to give back to this community so that more people can fully share in the same promise. Though I was honored to help the Food Bank manage a historic expansion in recent years, it demonstrated the serious needs that are often overlooked.

When Senator Bernie Sanders announced his campaign for president, I took to heart his call to get involved in public life at all levels. After working full-time on Sanders’ primary campaign, I helped create a new focus for the local energy we had inspired, co-founding the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus. Now engaging nearly 2,500 members throughout the county, I am proud that CCPC is headquartered right here in Lakewood.

The months since have been busy for the Progressive Caucus, organizing or co-sponsoring resistance to an assault from Washington on our basic American values. But we have a responsibility to live up to our ideals on a local level, also. We can make a positive difference in Lakewood, for those who aren’t getting an equal welcome, especially now.

As a city council member, I will do everything in my power to deliver on our messages of welcome for all, with real actions. I will work to ensure that development and prosperity don’t mean gentrification and that Lakewood promotes a diverse economy, and maintains a diverse housing stock with places for all age groups and income levels. I will push back against privatization, and defend first-rate public services and good local jobs. I will champion our community spaces and parks.

Above all, I will invite and encourage broader participation by our community in decision-making. Nowhere is the potential for diversity and inclusiveness to strengthen our city greater than here. Through open government, and substituting real participation for one-way listening, we can make sure every voice is considered. Together we can bring out the best in Lakewood: a welcoming, safe city of shared opportunity.

Learn more and get involved at tristanrader.com

Tristan Rader worked in the non-profit sector including starting the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and founding a non-profit in Africa. In 2015 he finished his MPA at Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State and continued his studies at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government - Executive Education program. He then joined Sen. Sanders' staff and worked on his presidential bid. After returning home he managed a Congressional campaign and became one of the founding directors of Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus where he currently serves as Operations Director. He also works for MoveOn.org as a Campaign Organizer.

Tristan Rader

Tristan Rader worked in the non-profit sector including starting the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and founding a non-profit in Africa. In 2015 he finished his MPA at Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State and continued his studies at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government - Executive Education program. He then joined Sen. Sanders' staff and worked on his presidential bid. After returning home he managed a Congressional campaign and became one of the founding directors of Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus where he currently serves as Operations Director. He also works for MoveOn.org as a Campaign Organizer.

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 5:10 PM, 04.04.2017