LAKEWOOD, Ohio – April 18, 2013 – On Wednesday, April 10, Lakewood City Council At-Large Candidate Sam O’Leary launched his campaign at Mahall’s 20 Lanes. Surrounded by friends and neighbors, Sam exchanged ideas with community members at the popular local venue that illustrates the kind of economic development he thinks Lakewood needs.
“I was overwhelmed by how many people took time out of their busy schedules to come support me,” Sam said. “I am thankful that Mahall’s was willing to host this event. Having grown up down the street on Clarence Ave, it is exciting to have a successful venue like Mahall’s where we talk about the future of Lakewood.”
Sam used the event to give a high-level overview of his campaign platform, focusing mainly on economic development.
“In this new age of fiscal uncertainty, economic development is Lakewood’s way to determine it’s own destiny. But we can’t just settle for the low-hanging fruit. We have to reach higher,” Sam said during his speech.
Many influential figures in Lakewood and Cleveland expressed confidence in Sam’s ability to lead. Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman tweeted during the event, “People always ask me who is next, who is a rising star, leader upcoming. It’s definitely Sam.”
Sam O’Leary is a proud third generation and lifelong resident of Lakewood, graduate of the Lakewood City Schools, and current member of Lakewood’s Board of Zoning Appeals and the City of Lakewood’s Tax Incentive Review Council. After graduating from Lakewood High School, Sam went on to obtain his B.A. in Political Science with a Public Policy concentration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Sam will graduate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in May, and currently works as a clerk for a Municipal Law and General Practice firm in Mayfield Heights.