Dear Neighbors and Friends,

In this critical moment for Shaker Heights, I know that we can keep our strong and welcoming city on a path of success and work openly through challenges together. That is why I am asking for your support and for your vote in this fall’s election for Mayor of Shaker Heights.

I have gained experience in every aspect of city government over the past seven years as a member of City Council, including serving as Vice Mayor in 2016 and 2017. I have had the privilege of building relationships while leading in many different areas, focused on the services that directly impact all of our day to day experiences in Shaker. It has been an honor to serve the city of Shaker Heights in this capacity for the last seven years.

I am running for Mayor because there is work to do in our beloved Shaker community. I have been working with our staff and community leaders for years, and I understand what our challenges are, and how to bring more people into the conversation about how to move forward together. Shaker Heights faces many leadership changes across institutions right now, including in the schools and in city government.

But this time of transition has provided an opportunity to build on Shaker’s past to position our City for the future. Shaker is a resilient city and we keep it that way by building on our assets. That’s why my Mayoral administration will focus on three pillars from the moment I am sworn into office:

1) Core Services and Infrastructure: Let’s work together to ensure that our services meet expectations and that our roads and sewers contribute to, not detract from, our housing values.

2) Financial Sustainability: We need to focus on economic development that builds our neighborhoods and favors home grown businesses, including minority-owned and women-owned businesses. At the same time, I want to continue my longstanding work of engaging with school leaders, library leaders, and neighborhood leaders so that we can work together as a community to decide what to spend on local government and how best to allocate and coordinate our limited resources.

3) Engagement and Transparency: Government works best when we can see it. At a time when building trust with all of us, in every neighborhood, is of such critical importance, I will work for greater transparency. In addition, we need to make sure that information is flowing both ways between government and the people who call Shaker home. As a city government, we have been pretty good at pushing out information, but let’s get better at the conversation. We are a diverse community, and to build on that as an asset we need to get better at including all of our neighbors. Bringing more people’s voices into the conversation about government is critical to moving Shaker forward. As Mayor, it will be my job – and my priority - to make that easy for you.

I have been humbled by the support for my campaign from every neighborhood of the city. As I have been out campaigning at dozens of block parties and events, I find that my focus on core services, financial sustainability and community engagement resonates with all sorts of Shaker residents – those who have lived here a long time, those who recently moved here, and even those who left and came back. That’s because people are ready to build a bright future together.

I know that we find the best solutions when we have real conversations, get to the facts, and roll up our sleeves and do the work. I invite you to pull up a chair, join me, and let’s work together – there is plenty of room at the table.

Sincerely,

Julianna