West Park resident Ross DiBello announces filing record-setting petitions to qualify as candidate for Mayor of Cleveland


Ross DiBello announces he has filed nominating petitions on Tuesday at the Board of Elections seeking to appear on the ballot in 2021 for Mayor of the City of Cleveland. 

The 38-year old West Park attorney submitted a total of 4,712 signatures. DiBello himself witnessed approximately 3,844 signatures, an unofficial record in Cleveland history for an individual candidate. With the majority of signatures being from his own West Park neighborhood, DiBello gained a comprehensive understanding of what Clevelanders want from their government. 

“West Parkers want the same thing as Clevelanders in Glenville, Slavic Village and Hingetown,” said DiBello. “They want representatives that will work for them all the time, on every issue, and build a Cleveland that cares about equity. Many are embarrassed by City Hall, and have been for decades, unfortunately. They will no longer tolerate the status quo and the consistent waste of our city’s resources.” 

In addition to those signatures personally witnessed by DiBello, a team of 44 volunteers and one canvasser, paid at the rate of $16 per hour, accumulated signatures far in excess of the required total. 

“While other candidates have spent months raising money from outsiders in order to pay outsiders to canvas, our team was focused on meeting and listening to Clevelanders,” said DiBello, who remains the only candidate to propose any legislation. “Work ethic and a commitment to service are the strengths of our campaign. A blue-collar town needs a blue-collar candidate. Being able to see so many Clevelanders agree with my platform and approach to community governance was a very pleasant surprise and a reiteration of why I am running. Our city deserves a leader who is a true public servant.” 

DiBello launched his candidacy proposing numerous legislative reforms to improve equity, democracy and free will in Cleveland. He proposes significant campaign finance reform, ending tax handouts to the wealthy, term limits for councilpersons and the Mayor, and a repeal of any further appointments of councilpersons, among other much needed changes. 

Learn more about Ross DiBello and his campaign by visiting www.rossdibello.com

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