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.

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November 8, 2016 General Election Results:
Cuyahoga County Results click here.
Ohio Results click here.


Coming Events:


Primary Election Systems (PES) Consensus Meeting  

Saturday, Dec. 3, 9:30 am
Brooklyn Branch, Cuyahoa County Public Library
4480 Ridge Rd, Brooklyn 44144

For LWV members and their guests only


*On the LWVO website primary elections study page you will find the consensus questions, the official study guide complete with pros and cons, and all four of the fact sheets the committee sent out over the past year. Anyone who wants to read more can access the sources list at the end of the study guide and track down one or more of the articles mentioned. And while reading, ponder these thoughts about primaries:


— Why do we have primary elections anyway? 

— Would we be better or worse off without them? 

— What benefits or drawbacks do strong political parties present?

— What might be the side effects of strengthening or weakening political parties? 

— Might one system be preferable for statewide elections but another for cities or counties? 

— How does Ohio’s current primary system work at the various levels of government? 

— By what criteria should we measure and judge a primary system? 

— Would improving primary election mechanics improve those criteria measurably? 

— What alternatives are out there and how do they work in places where they’ve been tried? 

— Might there be unintended consequences to consider, when we examine alternatives? 



League of Women Voters Presents: 
City-Schools-Library Officials Forum
Building Shaker’s Future: Q & A, Comments, and Dialogue

Thursday, December 8, 7:00-8:30 pm
Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building 
3450 Lee Road between Van Aken and Chagrin


The Shaker Chapter of the LWVGC is bringing together representatives from the City of Shaker Heights, Shaker Schools, and Shaker Heights Library for Q& A, Comments, and dialogue on their plans and vision for Shaker’s future. Join the moderated discussion with brief comments by Earl Leiken, Mayor, City of Shaker Heights.  Citizens are encouraged to submit written questions in advance to president@shakerlwv.org, or at the event.


The panel includes:


City of Shaker Heights:
Tres Roeder, Shaker City Council Member
Nancy Moore, Shaker City Council Member


Shaker Heights City Schools:
William Clawson, President, Shaker Heights Board of Education
Stephen Wilkins, Assistant 
Superintendent, Business and Operations


Shaker Heights Public Library:
Chad Anderson, President, Shaker Heights Library Board of Trustees
Amy Switzer, Director, Shaker Heights Public Library


Documents that might be of interest regarding this forum:
Shaker Heights Public Library Facility Options Study  click here
Shaker Heights Schools Master Planning Webpage  click here
Recommendations of the Mayor’s Financial Task Force  click here



Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums:


The Proposed Merger of Cleveland and East Cleveland

01/31/2017 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tinkham Veale University Center, CWRU Campus, 11038 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, Ohio, 44106


How could this happen? Should it?

Moderator: Nick Castele, Ideastream
Panelists: TBD


For videos of past Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums click here.


Time to address gerrymandering:


Ohio’s Congressional Districts are still not fair. Learn more from:

All Sides with Ann Fisher on WOSU: Gerrymandering and Redistricting Across the Country. Aired November 17.
To listen click here.


Ideastream special broadcast on WCPN: Intelligence Squared U.S.: Gerrymandering: Is gerrymandering destroying the political center? Aired November 21, 9 p.m.
To listen click here.


Master Planning Community Meeting 

Shaker Heights Middle School Auditorium


The Shaker Heights Board of Education has been convening Master Plan Community Meetings. The focus of these discussions is 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. 



The Mayor’s Financial 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.  


Shaker Heights Public Library Facility Options Study click here.


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.