Santana is running against incumbent Brian Cummins, one of two current Council Members who have endorsed all four Digital Justice proposals. Read more
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We still have received no response from Mayor Jackson.
Reed doesn’t fully commit to any of the four Digital Justice proposals, but he expresses general agreement with three of them:
- City support for Neighborhood Technology Centers — but with no specific monetary commitment pending review of the entire 2018 budget.
- Expansion of the City’s free public wifi network. Reed writes: “…as Mayor of Cleveland I will support the expansion of the city’s free public wifi.” He does not use the word “citywide”.
- A Cabinet-level position to lead City efforts on digital literacy and access. Reed writes: “I find this to be not only important but necessary. Again, we must be mindful of budgetary constraints as we seek to remedy a myriad of problems facing the city. Having said that, I can assure you that we will take ALL appropriate measures to ensure that digital literacy and universal access are made a priorities in my administration.”
2017 is a City election year. Mayor Jackson is the front runner in his bid for an unprecedented fourth term, but he has a lot of opponents, including some relatively strong ones. Most City Council Members also have one or more opponents. The primary will take place September 12, and the general election on November 7.
This election is a unique opportunity to get the digital exclusion of tens of thousands of Cleveland citizens recognized as a priority target for City action. The campaign is an opportunity to turn affordable broadband access and funding for community technology into questions that the candidates must answer. The answers they give can shape the possibilities for City action and leadership on digital inclusion in 2018 and beyond. Read more