Green ‘political unknown’ running in race for newly created Cuyahoga County executive position

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David Ellison, a Cleveland architect running for the Green Party, opposed the county charter that created the executive position. Ellison said he thought the executive structure was too hierarchical, but he later decided to run for the job.

“It just seemed like now was the time,” he said. “I should either run or stop complaining.”

The $175,000-a-year executive position was created in November under a county charter that voters — frustrated by an unfurling federal investigation of corruption in county government — overwhelmingly approved…

In 2007, with Cleveland City councilmen Zack Reed and Brian Cummins, he tried to collect 45,000 signatures needed to force a referendum on the sales tax increase. That effort failed.

He also put together an exhibition of ideas for reusing the 28-story Ameritrust tower in 2007, when commissioners wanted to tear it down. The county has since decided to sell the complex.

A native of Oklahoma City, Ellison moved to Northeast Ohio in 1987, after graduating from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. In 1998, he founded his own architecture firm, the D. H. Ellison Co., which focuses on traditional design.

He helped form the Northeast Ohio chapter of the Green Party in 1989, he said.

If elected, he wants to help attract people to the area and encourage Northeast Ohioans to identify with the region rather than with separate cities and suburbs.

He also wants to focus on sustainability.

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