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!