Stu Garson

...and a willingness to buck the system.

...and a willingness to buck the system.

Trevor Elkins spoke next. He's the Mayor of Newburgh Heights and an RTA board member known for staunch leftism and a willingness to buck consensus. Though he didn't call Shontel Brown by name, Elkins affirmed that one of his opponents would indeed be a puppet if elected. He said that the same people who approached Brown to run had also approached him. They went searching for Brown one week after Elkins "had the audacity to say 'no.'" 

"They wanted to dictate the direction of the party from behind the scenes," Elkins told Scene by phone Wednesday. "I told them, 'there's a difference between loyalty in working together and blind obedience." 

CLE Chatter: Cuyahoga County Democrats jockey for party chair

CLE Chatter: Cuyahoga County Democrats jockey for party chair

In anticipation of Garson's departure, several Democrats have been jockeying for the job, or at least testing the waters, including Newburgh Heights Mayor Trevor K. Elkins. He told me Tuesday that he is "actively working on building a coalition." Party leaders have also floated the names of Cleveland Council President Kevin Kelley, Bedford Municipal Court Clerk Tom Day, former Bedford Mayor Dan Pocek, and labor leader Dave Wondolowski.