2013 RPAC Supported Candidates

The REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) trustees of the Cleveland Area Board of REALTORS® are pleased to announce they have reviewed various mayoral and council races on the General Election ballot November 5, 2013, and have selected to support several campaigns.

Many candidates were invited to participate in an interview and/or questionnaire process to help the RPAC trustees determine which candidates should receive industry support. When making their decisions, the trustees considered criteria including candidate’s knowledge of and empathy for REALTOR® issues; integrity and ethical conduct; competence; importance of the race or candidate; ability to win and serve effectively; and the positive effect of CABOR support for the candidate, as well as for CABOR.

Based on the interviews conducted, questionnaires received, and previously mentioned areas of concern, the RPAC trustees issued support for the following candidates.

  • Debbie Sutherland for Bay Village Mayor
  • Brian Linick for Beachwood Mayor
  • Danny Colonna for Brook Park Mayor
  • Frank Jackson for Cleveland Mayor
  • Tony Brancatelli for Cleveland Council Ward 12
  • Kevin Kelley for Cleveland Council Ward 13
  • Martin Sweeney for Cleveland Council Ward 16
  • Vic Collova for Garfield Heights Mayor
  • Kevin Kennedy for North Olmsted Mayor
  • Ann Donegan for Olmsted Falls Mayor
  • Mary Galinas for Parma Council Ward 1 (REALTOR® and CABOR member)
  • Vito Dipierro for Parma Council Ward 1 (REALTOR® and CABOR member)
  • Susan Infeld for University Heights Mayor
  • Dennis Clough for Westlake Mayor
  • Claudine Steinfurth for Auburn Township Trustee, Geauga Co. (REALTOR® and CABOR member)

Karen O’Donnell, 2013 RPAC Chair said, “We were pleased with the participation by candidates this year. Although we could not get involved in every local race, we look forward to increasing our participation as support for the RPAC continues to grow.”

Joanne Zettl, 2013 CABOR Chair added, “RPAC support has been growing the past few years, and as it grows so does our involvement in local campaigns.  It’s been said that if real estate is your profession, then politics is your business.  I couldn’t agree more. I think I speak for everyone when I say we look forward to working with everyone to promote and protect private property rights.”

“I would also like to remind our members and voters in Cuyahoga County to support the Board of Revision amendment to the County Charter,” said Zettl. “For more information about Election Day, you should visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website, www.443VOTE.com.”


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