A Fight Against the Corporate Takeover of Cleveland Politics (AKA The Q Renovation)

CLE Chatter: Group calls for boycott of Pro Football Hall of Fame game, Beachwood Mayor Merle Gorden parks Mercedes in city garage

Updated May 12, 2017; Posted May 11, 2017

Then there were two: The battle for the next Cuyahoga County Democratic Party chairman appears to now be between just two people: Newburgh Heights Mayor Trevor K. Elkins and Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley. For the backstory on the jockeying to succeed party Chairman Stuart Garson --  whose term isn't up until June 2018, but who is expected to step down before then -- check out my earlier Chatter item on the topic here. Elkins formally announced his desire for the uncompensated party job at a recent fundraiser. He said he believes he has good support among many party leaders. Kelley has been keeping a lower profile but is working his contacts, which include many big party players such as former Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason and current Prosecutor Michael O'Malley. One issue playing out in this is the deal to renovate Quicken Loans Arena, which Elkins does not support but Kelley does. Elkins' opposition has drawn fire from some influential labor leaders, including Dave Wondolowski, who has said the project is adding needed labor jobs.  "I feel good about my chances," Elkins told me. Some others feel good that Elkins will be disappointed.

Speaking of the Q: Congresswoman Marcia Fudge has invited Cleveland Cavaliers CEO Len Komoroski to join her at her May 22 breakfast with ministers and elected officials. Fudge regularly holds such meetings with leaders to discuss issues in her district. The obvious issue before them is the Cleveland and Cuyahoga County deal to use public dollars to help renovate Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cavs. Fudge backed the deal because she believes it will be good for the region. The meeting is scheduled to take place at the Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse in Beachwood, according to a copy of the invitation.