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每一個人都應該有第二次機會

撰稿: 浦瑛
 

Jeff Johnson 他將參與2009年Cleveland City Council WARD 8的競選,如果他被選上,他將負責管轄18 街-到55街Glenville St. Clair和Superior,其中包括唐人街,他找到華報希望克里夫蘭華人能參與支持他的競選。
     我認識Jeff Johnson 是在幾年前,他是在克城女市長Jane Campbell上任期間,擔任克里夫蘭市政府公共關係部主任,Jeff富有才幹、勤勉刻苦、熱情熱忱,他是一位擁有25年以上爲社區熱忱服務經驗的社區組織者。由於二年前他離開市政府,自己開辦了政治顧問公司,二年後,他發現他還是喜歡從事政治,他要再次參與競選,爲社區民衆服務。


     Jeff Johnson曾經當過Glenville 社區報紙的編輯,他還當過Cleveland檢查官辦公室的斡旋人,調停和解決棘手的鄰里糾紛及鄰里矛盾,幫助改進許多鄰里糾紛的解決方案。他于1985年成爲挂牌律師。從2002年到2006年,Jeff擔任市長的特別助理,之後擔任市長JaneCampbell任下的社區公共關係部門的負責人。2006年離任後Jeff開辦了自己的政治顧問公司領先策略咨詢公司,爲諸如Sykes的州審計員競選、Cleveland健康敎育和服務理事會等各種各樣的客戶出謀劃策。
       Jeff有着深厚的學歷背景,電信專業學士,政治學碩士及一個法律學位。他還曾在Cornell大學學習過城市計劃和發展。多年來Jeff 因領導才能和社區工作獲得過無數公共服務的奬項。不過Jeff 在1988年,因爲競選需要民衆的捐款支持,由於他對幫助他籌款的人態度不正確,他被判犯有勒索他人罪,被關聯邦監獄15個月,被剝奪了自由,同時他的律師執照被注。在監獄里他反省自己的過錯,他説每個人都應該有第二次機會,出了監獄,他從頭開始,拿回他的執照,再次進市政府任克里夫蘭市公共關係部主任工作。
        我問他這次爲什么要競選克里夫蘭第八區市議會員,他説:克里夫蘭面臨經濟走下坡路,尤其第八區失業率較高、社區項目投資下降、住房拍賣增加,治安不穩定等等,不過第八區仍然是一個値得我們驕傲,歷史上有名的、有着値得尊敬的市民和部門的社區。 位于Glenville,St. Clair 到Superior之間的大學園區和亞裔社區是第八區的一部分。改進社區環境、建立更好的社區,需要有精明強幹的領導人。第八區有着多元化、充滿影響力的鄰里、商業、院校(包括Cleveland州立大學、 Midtown 區、Rockefeller/Cleveland 文化園、Cleveland花園中心等)。他決定競爭第八區市議會席位,因爲他致力于公衆服務,抱有改善生活社區條件的願望。
     關於克里夫蘭唐人街,Jeff Johnson提到,克里夫蘭有很強的商業華人超市、中國餐館和華人居民,他如果當選,他會與華人社區和諧地合作來解決民衆治安問題。最後他也提到,無論他被選上或不被選上,這都和現在的Councilman Joe Cimperman沒有關係,因爲Councilman Joe Cimperman他明年將管轄Cleveland City Council WARD 6.克里夫蘭市政府爲了減少開支,將原來的20位Council, 2009年只選18位。

 

Jeff Johnson簡歷:

1984年8月俄亥俄州克里夫蘭法學博士 Case Western Reserve大學
1984年8月俄亥俄州克里夫蘭文科碩士—政治學 Cornell 大學
1980年9月—1981年1月Ithaca, 紐約城市計劃和發展高級硏究 Kent State大學
1980年8月文科學士—電信專業榮譽學校—電信專業榮譽畢業
榮譽社區優秀—W.O. Walker 奬項 Cleveland Call and Post Foundation
1985年7月—1998年11月Chattman 以及Gaines & Stern 的律師
1984年8月—1990年1月 當選並代表30,000居民 1991—1992 克里夫蘭市議員—第八區1990年1月,俄亥俄州參議員特別事務。
1996年4月—1998年11月,由非洲裔美國俄州立法者選舉當選,帶領黑色立法預備會議, 黑色立法預備會議政策議程的全州發言人.
2002年1月—2003年1月 在市長辦公室協助首要公共事務官,協助克利夫蘭市議會成員參與的社區計劃。
2003年4月—2006年1月市長Jane L. Campbell的內閣成員,擔任社區關係部門主任。
2006年5月——領先策略咨詢公司的總裁俄亥俄州克利夫蘭市,目前咨詢公司的奠基人,提供政治性競選活動管理、投票人拓展咨詢、公共方針建議、社區組織,以及對個人、團體、商業的公共事務咨詢。
2006 Sykes俄亥俄州審查員的競選活動——負責組織俄亥俄州88個縣在11月的選舉活動; 候選人高級協調員——負責策劃和樹立候選人公衆形象
2006俄亥俄民主黨候選人競選活動 ——競選指揮助理——負責少數民族選票和早期投票協調,在克利夫蘭市公衆場合社區範圍的禁煙活動?行政領導——俄亥俄州立法黑人同盟2007年6月—2008年9月 被俄亥俄州第17屆非洲黑人立法同盟(該組織有40年歷史)指派負責監督日常運作
2008年非洲裔美國投票者拓展計劃的建立和實施,俄亥俄州全國非洲裔美國領導人、團體及媒體的聯絡員領導.
2008俄亥俄州東北部最有影響的人士 Cleveland Call and Post Foundation.

A Letter from Jeff
一封公開信


Dear Friend,
Welcome to the official website of my campaign for Cleveland City Council. I am running to be elected to serve as Councilman for Ward 8 because I want to improve the community. I want to fight for the residents, organizations and businesses of the area. I believe I can make a difference for the over 25,000 citizens living within the neighborhoods of Ward 8. I am committed to fight against the crime plaguing our streets, the empty and abandoned homes, lack of jobs and
economic development, and our struggling educational system.
I have the experience to lead, with over 25 years of public service, serving in Cleveland City Council, the Ohio State Senate, as Director of Cleveland’s Department of Community Relations, and as a public affairs consultant. I am ready to work with everyone in the Ward 8 neighborhoods in a partnership that will restore a more safe and enjoyable community for all of us, and our families.
The Ward 8 area is a diverse community with wonderful neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are what make Ward 8 special and unique. It has a rich history of dedicated residents, past and present, who have made significant contributions to our city and across the nation. Glenville is a proud and hardworking neighborhood. It is a neighborhood of fine historic homes, beautiful parks and amazing people. The St. Clair-Superior neighborhoods within Ward 8, including Asia Town, are uncommon and culturally diverse. The residents of this area live each day proud of their heritage and determined to
continue to improve their lives and the community. I love experiencing its uniqueness, and proud of what it has achieved.
Ward 8 also has much of University Circle, with its cultural, health and educational institutions. The residents of University Circle are committed and determined. They are second to none in their advocacy and love for their neighborhood. University Circle, Inc. has done very good work in overseeing the institutional and residential development of the area. In addition to the residents living throughout the different neighborhoods, Ward 8 is also home to
outstanding and influential institutions, businesses and historic areas, including Rockefeller Park Cultural Gardens, Art
and History Museums, Cleveland State University, Asia Plaza, MidTown business district, V.A. Hospital, Lakefront State Park and much more.
I have personally been connected to the Ward 8 community all of my life. My late grandmother, Juanita Lewis, bought the home I now own, and live in, during the early 1950s. Over the years my family have own businesses, and raised families in the community. We also volunteered our time in an effort to keep the neighborhood strong. My roots are deep here. In addition, I am also blessed to have friends from throughout the Ward 8 area that live here, or who despite moving away, still care about the community and remain involved.
If you are a resident of Ward 8 I ask for your support and vote. Together we can make a difference and expand opportunities for our families and neighbors. If you do not live in Ward 8 but care enough to get involved I invite you to join our efforts. We need volunteers and financial donations to assist us as we campaign to deliver our message of positive change for Ward 8, and the City of Cleveland. I am committed to working hard and creatively to make our community stronger and better.

Thank you.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 

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