Welcome to the Home Page of the Shaker Heights chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland.  You may join the League or renew your membership by mail or online using a credit card. Just click the “Join” link at the top of this page.


Last day to postmark mailed absentee ballots is November 7!


November 8, 2016 General Election Information:


Voters can cast their ballot NOW by mail or in person at
the Board of Elections. See information below:


Vote-by-mail application form available online (click here)
Detailed general election calendar, including early voting hours  (click here)
Voter guides (click here)
LWV candidate forums (videos are available) (click here)


The City Club of Cleveland will hold three candidate forums this week for:
Congressional races – Monday, October 17 (click here)
Supreme court races – Wednesday, October 19  (click here)
U.S. Senate race – Thursday, October 20 (click here)


The Mayor’s Financial Task Force has recommended that the Shaker Library Board enter into negotiations to join the Cuyahoga County Library system. The Task Force functions to provide the Mayor with a community-wide perspective on financial issues. Read the report: Mayor’s Financial Task Force Report 8/29/16.  Additionally, here is the Library Board President’s statement to the Mayor’s Financial Task Force. 


Coming Events:

Joint Board of Education/City Council Meeting

Monday, October 24 6:30 pm
Shaker Heights City Hall
3400 Lee Road, Shaker Heights, OH 44120


The Shaker Heights Board of Education will be convening Master Plan Community Meetings. The focus of the discussions will be a proposal to finance several necessary preventive maintenance projects, technology and security enhancements, and to replace the current Shaker Middle School building. We will keep you updated on these meeting dates.


If you want to learn the details of the Master Plan,  review the documents posted on the District’s Master Planning page. 


Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums:

Relationship Between the Cleveland Police and the Community

11/15/2016 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tinkham Veale University Center, CWRU Campus, 11038 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, Ohio, 44106


Across America say cities are reinvesting in community policing to rebuild trust between police departments and the communities they protect. We take a look at what Cleveland is already doing, where the department is headed and what it’s learned in the past two years, which have been among the most eventful in the police department’s history.


Mark Naymik, Metro reporter, cleveland.com will moderate.
Panelists include:
Blaine A. Griffen, Executive director, community relations, City of Cleveland
Wayne Drummond, Deputy chief, Cleveland Police Department (tentative)
Dr. Rhonda Williams, Director, Social Justice Institute, Case Western Reserve University


Sports Financing in Cleveland: What Will They Want Next?

November 17 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cleveland Heights/University Heights Public Library, 2543 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights 44118


Len Komoroski, CEO, Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena
Peter G. Pattakos, Lawyer, sports fan and vocal opponent of the sin tax
Jack Schron, Pres/CEO Jergens Inc & Dist 6 Cuy Cty Councilman (tentative)
Moderator: Peter Krouse, Metro Reporter, Cleveland.com


Should the taxpayer be responsible for financing sports stadiums, training facilities, etc.? That’s been the case in Cleveland. It this right? Or should the owners of the teams be required to maintain the venues out of their own revenues?
Register Here


With a crucial election coming up, it’s important to know about the candidates who will be asking for your vote!  Candidates from Ohio House Districts 6, 8, 9; Ohio Senate District 24 and Ohio Board of Education District 11 participated in a Candidates Forum co-sponsored by the LWV and the National Council of Jewish Women. Click here to listen to the candidates’ stances on issues that matter to you.


Video of the Regionalism and Shaker Heights Forum

Thank you to Judy Rawson, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, Mayor Earl Leiken, Hunter Morrison and Edward Krauss for their presentation of the benefits that Shaker Heights and Cuyahoga County can realize through regional pooling of resources. If you’d like to see the presentation Click here to watch the video.


Video of the Internet Bandwidth Forum 

Thank you to Lev Gonick, Deb Socia, Angela Siefer, Morris Wheeler, Patrick Holland and Craig Stout for educating us on the benefits of fiber optic broadband for Shaker Heights. If you weren’t able to attend the forum, here it is Click here to watch the video.


Video of The Van Aken Project in Shaker Heights

Thank you to Steve Litt, Mayor Earl Leiken, Luke Palmisano and Roby Simons for participating in a discussion of the Van Aken Development District. The city hopes the new district will add to the overall vibrancy of Shaker Heights – and to it’s tax base. If you missed it you can learn about the project and its proposed impact on the community. Click here to watch the video of the forum


For those who couldn’t make it, here is the speech Mayor Earl Leiken gave to the Shaker Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland. Click here



Election 2016 Voter Guides

Learn about the candidates and issues on YOUR BALLOT. The League of Women Voters has the information you need. We will be questioning the candidates in contested races and in some uncontested races. Visit Vote411.org.


Judicial Races:

Judge4Yourself.com and JudicialVotesCount.org. You’ll learn how the candidates are rated, how voting for judges works in Ohio, and much more.