Green Party candidate in Ohio ‘offers novel ideas, raises Green Party’s profile in county executive race’

From the Cleveland Plain-Dealer:

CLEVELAND, Ohio — David Ellison helped the Green Party reach a milestone last week by running unopposed in the primary for Cuyahoga County executive.

The architect from Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood gave the political party its first candidate for countywide office after it struggled for years to gain ballot access.

Ellison’s chances of another first — winning the Nov. 2 general election to become the first leader of a new charter government — are much slimmer…

“David is just excellent in the sense that he’s been consistent with his community activism,” said Brian Cummins, a city councilman in Cleveland who has been involved in Green politics and worked with Ellison on the referendum push. “He has a real strong social conscience…”

Greens nationwide are excited about Ellison’s candidacy.

“Too often, politicians stick with the status quo because it is politically safe,” Mike Feinstein, co-chairman of the Green Party of the United States and the former mayor of Santa Monica, Calif., said in an e-mail.

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