Sarah Kepple And Kyle Baker For Lakewood City Council
I am pleased to endorse current Councilperson Sarah Kepple and candidate Kyle Baker for Lakewood City Council. I have known both for several years and have observed their strong leadership in public service.
Sarah Kepple has proven to be a responsive advocate for the values I hold. We had been friendly acquaintances when we travelled together to the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, DC. That trip introduced me to the passionate progressive that Sarah is. Soon after the March, Sarah formed Action Together Lakewood Area, a group of citizens standing up for health and safety in our community. We wrote postcards, made phone calls, and organized demonstrations around issues like gun control, the Affordable Care Act, racial justice, and voting rights.
When Mayor George’s Council seat opened up, Sarah took a leap and moved from private citizen to public servant. Since joining Council in early 2020, Sarah has been a tireless advocate for our city and its citizens. She listens and cares. But not just that…she does!
During the COVID lockdown, Sarah wrote an ordinance for emergency remote council meetings to quickly allocate federal dollars for local businesses, first responders, and rent relief. Committed to transparency in government, she increased public participation by initiating eComment, live-streaming with closed-captioning, and proactively sharing information. And she has committed city leaders to racial equity and social justice education and serves on the Americans with Disabilities Task Force.
I first met Kyle Baker when I was hired as the executive director of the Lakewood Rangers Alumni Foundation (renamed Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation). He was one of the youngest members of the board and an associate at Thompson Hine. He quickly moved up the ranks to serve as the foundation’s president, leading it to its most prosperous fundraising years, a stabilization of the endowment, increased funding for teachers and students, and a name change that embraced the entire Lakewood community.
Kyle, who now is a lawyer at the Cleveland Metroparks, has been involved in several projects that have made our region greener. They’ve preserved more than 1,000 acres of property as parkland, and his work was instrumental in helping bring about the Wendy Park bridge, Whiskey Island connector, and Redline Greenway to Northeast Ohio.
A lifelong Lakewood resident and LHS grad, Kyle served as chair and vice-chair of the Planning Commission. During his time with the commission, they guided the city on issues ranging from expanded outdoor dining to major redevelopment projects. Kyle’s vast knowledge of public development—and his deep affection for this city—will serve him well as a councilperson.
On September 14, vote to keep Sarah Kepple on the Lakewood City Council. Vote to elect Kyle Baker to the Lakewood City Council.