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Democratic National Convention: Cleveland Heights Vice Mayor Attends DNC As Delegate

Dennis Wilcox said this is his first time serving as a delegate at the DNC.

Cleveland Heights Vice Mayor Dennis Wilcox is a first-time member of the Ohio Delegation at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Wilcox said his schedule is packed, and he's looking forward to meeting Democrats from other areas of the country.

He's also interested in hearing about the issues that matter to people in Cleveland Heights.

"The big issues in Cleveland Heights are education, health care, the economy and protecting the middle class. As you know, Cleveland Heights is very much a middle class community," Wilcox said.

"What I’m looking for from the speakers at the convention ... are clear and detailed statements of what we’ve accomplished in the last four years. To take credit for a stimulus that saved the economy from a depression, saving the auto industry, providing affordable health care and expanding health care to millions."

Wilcox applied to be a delegate and was appointed by the Ohio Democratic Party. He listed reasons he is proud of the Democrats.

"It’s a party that stands for equal opportunities and equal rights and respect for the rights of diverse individuals, and I believe standing up for the middle class and small businesses and understanding that the economy needs to grow from the bottom up and not the top down," Wilcox said. "(Democrats) stand for middle class values — education, economy, the environment — that effect everyday working people."

He said the key to winning the election in November is voter turnout.

"If all of the registered voters in the country would vote and heard the message the Democrats have, there would be no question in my mind that we would win," Wilcox said. "The Republican leadership has said on the record that they're trying to restrict people from voting ... To me that is our biggest (challenge) to overcome."

Tifanny Barnes September 05, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Mr. Wilcox is quoted above "As you know, Cleveland Heights is very much a middle class community". Thanks to Mr. Wilcox and his fellow city council people, Cleveland Heights no longer looks like a middle-class community. It has poor aesthetics and an emptying shopping center. If he had not TURNED HIS BACK (this is documented) on Trust for Public Land and Metroparks, Oakwood would now be a Metropark--an amenity all middle-class communities want. Talk is cheap. Mr. Wilcox does nothing creative or innovative to help our community.
Garry Kanter September 05, 2012 at 02:46 PM
He needs to update his pic. That one looks like it's from his HS prom.
Ken Adams September 05, 2012 at 10:47 PM
hope this little trip wasn't on our tax dollars. also glad to hear cleveland heights is a middleclass community. ive heard stories that cleveland heights and surrounding cities used to be a premier place to live. not so much any more. thank you democrats
Garry Kanter September 05, 2012 at 11:11 PM
I live in CH. I think it's middle class. But then, I grew up here. How would you describe it?
Ken Adams September 05, 2012 at 11:51 PM
I unfortunately live in this city too. I would say Cleveland heights is lower middle class with the south end of the city keeping the city classifiable as middle class. Without the south end, Cleveland Heights would be lower class. This city used to be a great city with great schools. Now I would say it is a great place to collect section 8.
Garry Kanter September 06, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I think your analysis is incomplete, and flawed.There are plenty of nice streets in many parts of town.
Ken Adams September 06, 2012 at 12:28 AM
I can name whole areas,parts,blocks where you would not walk alone at night. north coventry, glenmont,belmar,eddington,hillcrest,avondale,beechwood,altamont,desota,kildare,tullamore,cedarbrook, the list goes on and on. robberies, thefts, assaults, fights in general to name a few. city has gone to s@#t in the past 10 years.
Ken Adams September 06, 2012 at 12:30 AM
just the tip of the iceberg.
Garry Kanter September 06, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Yes, there are some areas where one shouldn't be late at night. Your analysis is still incomplete, and flawed. CH is middle class, and has many, many nice areas.
Richard Hollis September 06, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Have you looked at your picture? You really shouldn't be criticizing Dennis's icture.

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