Lakewood at its best is a place that welcomes and connects new and old residents, both, to something bigger. I’m running for city council at-large to help everyone share in this promise, of an engaging vibrant community.

Our city made me feel welcome when I needed a place to stay after returning from my work in East Africa several years ago. A friend in Lakewood took me in, and I soon decided I truly had found a place to stay; though I was born and raised in Cleveland then Lorain, Lakewood is home.

The people of Lakewood make this community special. There’s a lot more to love, of course; the lake, the restaurants and night spots, and having so much of life within walking distance. But our city’s diversity and values are Lakewood’s greatest assets.

Ours is one of the most progressive cities in the state, and it deserves leadership that puts those values into practice locally.

As a Lakewood resident, I’ve benefitted greatly from the friendships and opportunities, here. While working for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, I started businesses of my own in Lakewood. I have been blessed with a beautiful wife and home, near Lakewood’s busy downtown. Now, It’s important to me to give back to this community, so that more people can fully share in the same promise for many years to come.

Though I was honored to help the Food Bank manage a historic expansion in recent years, it demonstrated the serious needs that are often overlooked. When Senator Bernie Sanders announced his campaign for president, I took to heart his call to get involved in public life at all levels.

After working full-time on Sanders’s primary campaign, I helped create a new focus for the local energy we had inspired, co-founding the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus. Now engaging more than 2,000 members throughout the county, I am proud that CCPC is headquartered right here in Lakewood.

The months since have been busy for the Progressive Caucus, organizing or co-sponsoring resistance to an assault from Washington on our basic American values. But we have responsibility to live up to our ideals on a local level, also. We can make a positive difference in Lakewood, for those who aren’t getting an equal welcome, especially now.

As a city council member, I will do everything in my power to back up our messages of welcome for all, with real actions. I will propose a complete repeal of breed-specific legislation that, in practice, usually turns away minority dog-owners more than canines.

I will push back against privatization, and defend first-rate public services and community spaces, especially our parks. I will work to ensure that development and prosperity don’t mean gentrification, and that Lakewood promotes a diverse economy, and maintains a diverse housing stock with places for all age groups and income levels.

Above all, I will invite and encourage broader participation by our community in decision-making. Nowhere is the potential for diversity and inclusiveness to strengthen our city greater than here. Through open government, and substituting real participation for one-way listening, we can make sure that everyone gets included in Lakewood at its best: a welcoming, safe city of shared opportunity.


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  • Portia A Boulger endorsed

    “I endorse Tristan Rader because he is a real progressive who has the willingness and wherewithal to fight for the middle and working classes. He is an honest man with a stellar reputation and the heart of a public servant. I am proud that Tristan is my friend.”

  • Michael Calabrese endorsed

    “Rader is living proof that Ohio can produce actual democrats to run for office instead of the usual "republican light" people who fail to bring out the vote. Rader's brand of democrat will be what Ohio's future looks like.”

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    “I endorse Tristan Rader because he is a real progressive who has the willingness and wherewithal to fight for the middle and working classes. He is an honest man with a stellar reputation and the heart of a public servant. I am proud that Tristan is my friend.”

  • Michael Calabrese endorsed

    “Rader is living proof that Ohio can produce actual democrats to run for office instead of the usual "republican light" people who fail to bring out the vote. Rader's brand of democrat will be what Ohio's future looks like.”

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