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When union members run, working families win. Path to Power is a project of the AFL-CIO Political Department to identify, recruit, and elect union members to run for local government offices. The purpose is to shift the power in local government to favor stronger pro-worker policies and develop a bench of candidates to move into higher office.

In 2023, we sent over 20,000 pieces of mail to union households in Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties and developed web advertisements seen by over 240,000 people on behalf of and at no cost to our Path to Power candidates. Path to Power candidates are eligible for special pricing on robocalls and phone banking as well.

For more information, contact Campaigns Director Brian Pearson at or 330-402-8411.



Brennan, Sean | OEA/NEA | State Representative District 14

Casselberry, Mark | IBEW Local 38 Member | Parma City Council Ward 3

Chapman, Ana | AFT Local 1468 Member | Berea Board of Education

Cook, Maggie | OEA/NEA | Mentor Board of Education

Elston, Chanell | AFGE Local 31 | South Euclid Council-at-Large

Jackson, Ron | SMART Local 33 (Retired) | Maple Heights President of Council

Jeschelnig, Virginia | OEA/NEA | Mentor Board of Education

Jones, Lori | OCSEA/AFSCME Local 11 (Retired) | Olmsted Falls Council

Kan, Michael | AFSCME Local 3631 | Solon City Council Ward 4

Kilbane, Michael | Ironworkers Local 17 | Fairview Park President of Council

Kelly, Danny | Laborers Local 310 Member | Cleveland City Council Ward 11

Klepacz, George | AFT Local 279 (Retired) | Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio

Mack, Richard | AFT Local 1699 (Retired) | Berea Board of Education

Miceli, Anthony | AFT Local 279 (Retired) | Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio

Michal, Katie | OEA Member | Berea Board of Education

Moore, Michelle | CWA Local 4340 | Mentor-on-the-Lake Council-at-Large

O'Donnell, Michael | SEIU Local 304 (Retired) | Westlake Council Ward 4

Poindexter, Brian | Ironworkers Local 17 | Brook Park Council-at-Large

Rounds, Tom | OEA/NEA | Parma Heights Council Ward 3

Russell, Davida | OAPSE/AFSCME Local 4 | Cleveland Heights Council-at-Large

Scarl, Christopher | Insulators Local 3 (Retired) | North Olmsted Council Ward 1

Shymske, Paul | Sheet Metal Workers Local 33 | North Olmsted Council at Large

Tatum, Timothy | Laborers Local 860 | Maple Heights Council District