<p><span style='color: #ffffff'><strong>JOE KRAFT for President of Westlake City Council</strong></span></p>
Why Am I Running?

For a number of reasons.  Our current president of council has done a fine job on council since 1978.  He loves Westlake like I love Westlake.  We want what is best for Westlake.  A new, fresh face in government will bring new relationships, a change in dynamics, an increase in communication.  *Our taxes are relatively low.  We live in a vibrant, gifted city.  This will continue but we can’t take it for granted.  We must work at it.  *Westlake has many gems including Crocker Park, which make Westlake a destination city; not the rows of vineyards I used to run through.  We must continue to foster growth and safety. *I believe the new park will be an added gem benefitting residents and entertaining visitors.  I want a hand in its creation and want to continue.

A little about Joe:

Joe and wife of 24 years, Jacki, raised three sons, all of which attended Westlake Schools Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Professional Experience

Robert W. Baird & Co., Cleveland, OH; 01/2010 – Present
Director, Senior Investment Consultant, Fiduciary

Morgan Stanley, Cleveland, OH; 07/2001 – 01/2010
Senior Vice President

Smith Barney, Cleveland, OH; 05/1993 – 07/2001
Senior Vice President

Northern Trust, Chicago, IL; 05/1989 – 05/1991

Education

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2010
Senior Investment Consultant Program

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, 1983 – 1989
Bachelor of Arts - Economics

Additional Experience

Westlake City Schools, Westlake, OH
Board of Education Member, 2016 – Present, Currently Vice President

Milestones Autism Resources, Cleveland, OH
Board Member

Hattie Larlham, Cleveland, OH
Board Member

School Board Accomplishments
  • Remained fiscally and operationally solid
  • Lead a community effort to hire a new superintendent and treasurer
  • Developed a new 5 year strategic plan
  • Worked hard to pass a bond issue to build a new elementary school replacing 4 aging elementary schools
  • Worked hard to pass a Permanent Improvement Levy issue to continue to care for the city school’s property
Organized Involvement
  • Autism Speaks, Cleveland – Four Year Walk & Logistics Chair
  • Knights of Columbus, Council 14486
  • Rotary District 6630, Council 14486
  • St. Clarence Parish, member, Helping Hands Leader, TMIY Leader, Past PSR Teacher (since 1993)
  • Westlake Demons Athletic Booster
  • Westlake Music Booster
  • Westlake City Schools PTA

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