Phyllis Evans will seek reelection to CH council

Cleveland Heights Vice Mayor Phyllis Evans will run to retain her seat on Cleveland Heights City Council, she said.

Evans, 66, chairs the community relations and recreation committee. She is in her fifth term on council, having been appointed in February 1993 to fill a vacant seat after Barbara Boyd resigned, and was officially elected for the first time to serve the remaining two years of Boyd’s term that November.

Whether to seek reelection was not an easy decision, but once made, she said "I just know now that it’s something that I feel is important."

Evans believes that her open-mindedness and "ability to work with people of various different backgrounds" make her a good council member, and promised "more of the same" if she is elected to another term.

Evans has not yet made an official public announcement about her campaign but indicated that she plans to hold a kickoff event in early September. Meanwhile, she has endorsed incumbent Dennis Wilcox and challenger Jeff Coryell for the other two of the three open at-large seats.

"I hope that . . . our residents will continue to have confidence in the elected officials and know that we’re willing to work very hard," she said. Kenneth Montlack, whose term also expires at the end of this year, has announced that he will not seek reelection.

Council member Jason Stein, who was appointed to replace Mark Tumeo after he accepted a position at the University of North Florida, is running in a separate category to keep his seat for the remaining two years of Tumeo’s term, which expires in December 2013.

The terms of Mayor Edward Kelley and council members Bonita Caplan and Cheryl Stephens also expire in December 2013.

Lewis Pollis

Lewis Pollis is a lifelong resident of Cleveland Heights and a graduate of Heights High. He is an Observer intern and a sophomore at Brown University. Read more on his blog: WahooBlues.com.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 12:05 PM, 08.15.2011