Bob Sandrick, from Cleveland.com, published candidate profiles in the Strongsville City Council race. Kelly’s profile is below:
Candidate: Kelly Kosek
Occupation: Attorney, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, in Cleveland
Prior elected office or campaign: None
Education: Bachelor’s degree in history and political science, Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania; law degree, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
Family: Husband Jason Wheat; sons Sawyer, 7, and Beckett, 2
Kosek said she is running for council because she doesn’t believe the status quo is good enough. She said citizens deserve a choice, and a chance to bring change.
“I’m especially concerned about the unchecked development and lack of communication from the city about that development, and a lack of foresight,” Kosek said.
For example, Kosek said the subdivision Fieldstone Preserve was in the works for months earlier this year before neighboring residents realized it was coming.
“The developer was able to work on their plans before residents knew,” Kosek said. “A whole bunch of trees that had been there for decades were clear-cut. By the time residents started attending meetings about the development, it was basically a done deal.”
Kosek said she opposes the proposed retail development near the former Medical Mutual building because the city – with the I-71 slip-ramp proposal off the table – has not resolved its traffic problems. More retail will only add cars.
“Also, that development may cause flooding in Ledgewood, which is directly behind it,” Kosek said. “Ledgewood residents are worried. The best use of that land is for office buildings, what its’s already zoned for, because it will give us the best jobs.”
Kosek said she’s disappointed council likely won’t vote on the proposed retail development in front of the Medical Mutual building until the night before Election Day. She believes council planned it that way, so that members won’t have to weigh in on a controversial issue before the election.
Kosek said council needs more transparency. She said she has seen council vote on ordinances without explaining their positions.
“Also, they livestream every council meeting, but you can’t see a replay,” Kosek said. “The meeting minutes aren’t available until they are approved two weeks later. It wouldn’t be that difficult to retain the video and replay it for two weeks until the next meeting.”
Kosek said she would also like to see the city add more family-friendly amenities.
“Broadview Heights and Berea have splashpads, but we don’t,” Kosek said. “We should also have a (handicapped-accessible) playground. I believe we can get grant money.”
The complete article is available here.