Candidate Forums and Other Venues

When I ran for City Council four years ago, there were far fewer meetings to attend.  Below is a list of those that I have participated in so far and will participate in.  (See Events on this website for details – coming soon.)

Whistle Stop Tour Forums at the Wine Spot have been videotaped and can be watched at your convenience on YouTube (  There have been three of these as I write this, with varying participation due to some candidates dropping out or unable to attend.  The first, on June 24, focused on Cleveland Heights’ water issues; I was unable to attend that one but have participated in all the others so far.  The second, on July 21, asked candidates to comment on issues affecting business and economic development in the city.  The third, on August 25, considered taxes.  It was impossible to find a suitable date in September for one that would focus on candidates’ visions for Cleveland Heights, but videos on this topic will be posted soon.  A final Whistle Stop Tour Forum at the Wine Spot is scheduled for October 27, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  People who attend will be able to ask the candidates questions; there is no specific topic.

On Sunday, October 4, the three women candidates for Cleveland Heights City Council will be at Zagara’s from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. for conversation with residents of Grant Deming’s Forest Hill Neighborhood.  Others are welcome to attend, too.  The three male candidates will meet with this neighborhood group the following Sunday, October 11, same place, same times.

Also on October 4, starting at 10:00 a.m., I’ll be walking 5K (3.1 miles) on the Cleveland Heights City Team as part of the inaugural Happy 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, which starts from the Wine Spot, more or less.  If you sign up, you can walk and talk with me!  Here’s a link to register or for more information: :

On Tuesday, October 6, 7:00 p.m., Noble Neighbors is hosting a candidate forum focused solely on their neighborhood at Noble Road Presbyterian Church.  All are welcome, but broader City issues will not be addressed.

On Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 p.m., the League of Women Voters will host a Candidates’ Night at the Cleveland Heights Community Center.  I will not be able to attend this forum but will send a short comment.

In addition, the Northeast Ohio Media Group videotaped a “candidates debate” on Wednesday, September 23, for viewers’ pleasure.  Here’s a link to the one-hour event, which was not open to the public: (coming soon.)

There were some others but the above are perhaps the most worthy of your consideration, if you have the time.

Get Your Dunbar Yard Sign!

On Friday, I placed an order for campaign yard signs.  These signs can go up as early as this Saturday, September 19, so I am hoping my order will be here by the end of this week.

Now comes the challenging part – getting them all over town in places as visible as possible – especially main thoroughfares.  If you would like a yard sign, use the “Volunteer” link on this website to request one.  Or send me an e-mail at  Be sure to include your name, address and a way to reach you.

Thank you for your interest!

Officially on the Ballot!

On Thursday, September 3, I turned in nomination petitions with 369 signatures, and on Friday, September 4, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (BOE) listed Mary Dunbar as an approved candidate for Cleveland Heights City Council.  Two candidates did not turn in petitions or have theirs approved, so there are now just six candidates for the three seats up for election in the nonpartisan general election on November 3.

Only 209 valid signatures were needed to get on the ballot, but election officials recommend obtaining quite a few more to be on the safe side. BOE used to conduct pre-checks in advance of the petition deadline to let candidates know if they had enough signatures.  If not, candidates could get more before the deadline.  But BOE stopped pre-checks at least four years ago.

Many thanks to Sam Wolfe, Erica Collins, Barbara Brennan, Nancy Dietrich, Susan Blackwell, Alice Stratton, Georgia Lloyd, Joan Spoerl, Joy Henderson and Chris Hall for circulating petitions and helping ensure having enough valid signatures!