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Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 6. VOTE! Here’s a link to the Voter Guide jointly published by the Leagues in the county and Cleveland.com:


2014 Voter Guide (49)

We urge you to vote FOR the Shaker Schools levy (see below for our reasons) and also hope you will learn more about the candidates before you cast your ballot. To help you, we are hosting TWO candidate forums–one for the District 9 Ohio House seat on Tuesday, April 8, and the another for the District 9 Cuyahoga County Council seat on Thursday, April 10. Both forums are at the Shaker Middle School. Here are details:



Cuyahoga County Council District 9 Pre-Primary Democratic Party Candidates Forum


Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Shaker Heights + the Shaker Public Library


date:    Thursday, April 10


time:    7 p.m.


place:  Shaker Middle School auditorium, 20600 Shaker Blvd., Shaker Heights, OH   44122


Candidates:  Shontel Brown, Leah Lewis, Lynn Ruffner, Andre White, Lloyd D. Anderson, Donald A. Saunders


Moderator:  Pam Beck

State House District 9 Candidate Forum

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Shaker Heights + the Shaker Public Library


date:    Thursday, April 24


time:    7 p.m.


place and moderator:  to be determined


Candidates:  Janine Boyd and Sean Malone

Shaker Heights League of Women Voters Endorses Shaker Schools Levy Request

The League Urges You to Vote YES on May 6

A committee of members of the League of Women Voters of Shaker Heights has spent the last several weeks studying the School District’s request for a 6.9 mill levy. Read our in-depth report here. League Levy Committee Report (68)


Learn more at the Levy Committee’s own website, Yes for Shaker Schools (30)

Merger Update

The board of the League of Women Voters of Shaker Heights will vote on the merger agreement on Friday, April 11.  If the vote is positive, Shaker’s membership will vote on the merger in May. Merger documents are posted on the website. If the merger takes place, the three Leagues in the county would form one Greater Cleveland League dedicated to working on the betterment of our whole region. Chapters like Shaker, however, would continue their important local work.

 Engage Shaker

A new League committee, “Engage Shaker,” co-chaired by Judy Stenta and Carol Lowenthal, has begun meeting. Committee members are Julianna Senturia, Tania Menesse and Colette Hart, and your co-presidents Holly Wang and Susan Troia. This group is working on forming a leadership training class for potential future city leaders. Watch for additional information!

And Here’s What We Did Last Fall:

All candidates for City Council and the Board of Education were sent pertinent questions, and their answers were printed in the LWV Voters Guide and mailed to every household in Shaker.

A Candidates Forum was held at the Middle School on Tuesday, Oct. 1, with over 200 attendees. The forum was co-sponsored by the Shaker Heights Library, the Shaker PTO and Neighborhood Associations. This was a great opportunity to meet the candidates and ask them questions.

The election took place on Tuesday, Nov.5, and in Shaker we have new and reelected members of City Council and the Board of Education. (Anne Williams, a former LWV-SH president, was elected to City Council.) City Council and the Board of Education will be watched at their respective meetings by LWV observers and you will be informed of their actions in monthly Voter reports. This is an important role of your League.

A reception for Shaker Schools Superintendent Gregory Hutchings was held on Sunday, Oct. 20, at the home of Lin Emmons. Dr. Hutchings graciously answered questions for over an hour and impressed everyone with his openness, warmth and energy. Thank you to Mary Mulligan for chairing the reception, Lin Emmons for opening her home to the League and Dr. Hutchings for answering every question asked.

A special thanks to Anne Batzell, Voter Services chair, for registering voters at a high school football game, Hathaway Brown School, Laurel School and Shaker Heights High School and anywhere else she was asked to go.