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District 10 - Cheryl Stephens
Ms. Stephens is committed to upholding her campaign promises to the residents of District 10. She stands firm in: working with municipal and county officials to drive Community and Economic Development, Protecting County Services for Veterans, Senior Citizens, Children and Families; Sustainability, and being responsible with taxpayer dollars. No stranger to politics, Ms. Stephens served as the former Mayor of the City of Cleveland Heights and as Vice-Mayor and Councilmember for the same city. While serving the residents of Cleveland Heights, Ms. Stephens passed legislation outlawing discrimination against LGBTQ+ residents, legislation that prohibits landlords from obtaining a certificate of occupancy if they have not paid their taxes; and created a $4 million dollar budget surplus. In addition to serving the residents of District 10, Councilmember Stephens is the Chief Executive Officer of the East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation (EANDC). Here, Ms. Stephens focuses on overall organizational development and management of EANDC’s real estate development, home ownership center, energy services, property management and rentals, and community development activities for a portfolio of over 700 properties in Summit and Stark Counties.
Ms. Stephens has a track record of success in Cuyahoga County. Prior to EANDC, Ms. Stephens was the Director of Acquisition, Disposition and Development, for the Cuyahoga County Land Bank, where she worked with over $100 million Economic Development Dollars and demolished over 6,000 vacant houses and buildings across Cuyahoga County. Over $4 million dollars was focused just in the City of East Cleveland. Other experiences include: Board Member, Board of Revision, Cuyahoga County Commissioners; Executive Director, Leadership Cleveland; Director, National Development Council; Director of Development, Cuyahoga County; and Director of Planning and Development, City of Cleveland Heights.
Ms. Stephens is a 22-year resident of District 10 and the proud daughter of a military family (U.S. Air Force). Ready to help, Councilmember Stephens can be reached via email and/or phone. (Contact info listed below)
Ms. Stephens is the Vice-Chair of the Community Development Committee, and is a member of the Economic Development & Planning Committee, Education, Environment & Sustainability Committee and the Health, Human Services & Aging Committee.
Cuyahoga County Council
2079 East 9th Street – 8th Floor
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
District 10, which encompasses approximately 22 square miles, includes the cities of Cleveland-Ward 8 (All); Ward 10 (All except A, B, I, K, and M), East Cleveland and Cleveland Heights, University Heights and the village of Bratenahl. The northern boundary of the District is Lake Erie. With a 2010 population of 117,324 persons and a housing unit count of 63,253 units, the District contains 9.2% of the County’s population and 10.2% of the County’s housing units.
Quick facts about District 10:
2010 Decennial Census
2006 - 2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
- The Census showed that in 2000 the total population of District 10 was 141,491 persons. By 2010, the District’s population had declined by 17.1%, to 117,324 persons.
- District 10 exhibited a 2010 population density of 5,435 persons per square mile. Countywide, the population density was 2,800 persons per square mile.
- For persons reporting one race in the 2010 Census, 36.4% were White, 60.8% were Black or African-American, 2.1% were Asian/Pacific Islander, and 0.7% were Some Other Race.
- Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin (which can be of any race) comprised 1.6% of the population in 2010. Countywide, 4.8% of the population was comprised of persons of Hispanic or Latino origin.
- There were 51,136 households in District 10 in 2010, 53.7% of which were family households. Countywide, 58.7% of all households were family households.
- In 2010, 22.7% of the population in District 10 were under age 18, while 14.1% were 65 years of age or older. Countywide, 22.7% were under age 18, while 15.5% were 65 years of age or older.
- In 2010, 80.8% of the 63,253 housing units located in District 10 were occupied. Of those occupied housing units, 25,423 units (49.7%) were owner-occupied. Countywide, 60.9% of occupied housing units were owner-occupied.
- The 2006-2010 ACS showed that of all persons who were age 25 or older, 86.3% had a high school diploma or had some additional education beyond high school, while 32.1% of those high school graduates had a bachelor’s degree or higher. Countywide, 86.4% had a high school diploma or had some additional education, while 28.2% had a bachelor’s degree or higher.
- Only 13.7% of all persons who were age 25 or older had not graduated from high school. Countywide, 13.7% of all persons had not graduated from high school.
- The median household income in District 10, at $35,847, was lower than the median income for Cuyahoga County as a whole, which was $43,603.
- In District 10, 24.5% of all persons had incomes that were below the poverty level. Countywide, 16.4% of all persons had incomes that were below the poverty level.
- In District 10, 28.2%, of families with children under age 18 had incomes that were below the poverty level, in comparison to the countywide rate of 19.9%.
- In District 10, 18.2% of all persons age 65 and over had incomes that were below the poverty level, in comparison to the countywide rate of 10.9%.
Prepared by the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, January 2013 http://planning.co.cuyahoga.oh.us/census/.
Source: New NEOCANDO, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, MSASS, Case Western Reserve University, 2000 and 2010 Censuses, accessed 1/14/2013 and 1/24/2013, http://neocando.case.edu/. For Census information regarding Cleveland Wards, see: http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/2010census/cpc.html.