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2019 Candidates – Fairview Park Democratic Club

2019 Candidates

Former Councilman Ward 5


Angelo Russo was appointed by members of City Council to fill a vacant seat for ward 5 in August 2014. He was then elected in 2015 for a full term. He and his wife, Karlie, have lived in Fairview Park for 14 years, where they are parishioners of St. Angela Merici Parish. They have 2 children, Gianna and Nathan, who are students at SAM school. Angelo is originally from Westlake; he attended St. Ignatius High School and later went on to Cleveland State and Cleveland Marshall College of Law, where he received his law degree in 2002. Angelo has been a practicing attorney for 17 years, with his own private practice firm in Fairview Park for the past 15 years, which concentrates on Real Estate and Business Law. As a commercial building owner, he has brought in many businesses to the community and built relationships with many other business owners in Fairview Park. He worked closely with our Recreation Department to revitalize Nelson Russo Park and was part of the Master Plan Steering committee. He helped started the Fairview Park Business Showcase and led the group who ran the Realtor conference for several years, bringing in area realtors to showcase our city. He was involved with Junior Achievement, Forward Fairview, Friends of Fairview Park City Schools and Fairview Park Fine Arts and Theater Association.  He is extremely active in many civic organizations, such as Fairview Park Chamber of Commerce, for which he was elected Businessperson of the year in 2016, the Westshore Rotary Club, for which he served as President and St. Angela PTC, for which her served as treasurer. His ability to form and sustain business relationships and his knowledge of the inner workings of our city’s government make him uniquely qualified to lead Fairview Park into an even brighter future.  more information can be found at


Patrick J Cooney III

I have been an attorney for 27 years –concentrating on working with business owners in helping them grow their businesses – dealing with personnel issues, financing, taxes, contracts, real estate matters. I am also a probate lawyer – assisting people with estate planning matters; administering estates; and handling guardianships. Over the years the Probate Court has entrusted me to serve as the fiduciary of estates and as a guardian.

For the last 6 years I have also been the Police Prosecutor/Assistant Law Director for the city of Garfield Heights. As Police Prosecutor it is my job to prosecute misdemeanor cases (i.e. assaults, OVIs, traffic offenses, building code violations); and to review investigations to see if charges will be filed, including felonies. I have also assisted the Law Department in personnel matters; reviewing contracts; and legislative issues.

I recently was the Vice Chairman of the Fairview Park Charter Review Commission and worked with 8 other residents to propose revisions to the Charter. I have served as the President of Welcome House, Inc. and the West Haven Foundation – two organizations dedicated to serving individuals with developmental disabilities. I was an officer for the Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland – a group that fosters spiritual growth and collegiality in the legal profession.

I received my law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law in May of 1991. I have a Bachelor of Science in Management from Miami University and graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1984.

My wife, Sheila and I will be married 19 years this September and we have three children: Jimmy, Paddy and Maggie.



Council President Michael Kilbane was elected to serve the residents of Ward 5 in 2008. On April 6th, 2009 Michael was chosen by his fellow Council members to fill a vacancy in the Council President position. Michael was re-elected as Council President in the fall of 2011 and began serving a four year term on January 1, 2012. As Council President he presides over both Council and Committee Meetings in order to maintain proper procedure and ensure that all meetings are held in accordance with the Ohio Sunshine Laws. The President of Council also establishes the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of Council’s standing committees and provides general supervision to the Clerk of Council. He enjoys all of the powers, duties, functions, obligations and rights of any other member of Council and, with the Charter amendments passed in 2009, now has full voting rights as well. Mike has lived in Fairview Park for more than twenty-two years and has three children. Mike is a twenty-six year member of the Structural Ironworkers Local Union 17 and is also a delegate to the Cleveland AFL-CIO Northshore Federation of Labor.


Former Councilman – Council At-Large


Todd Smith has been a resident of Fairview Park since 2003 (16 years) and has 3 children in the Fairview Park City Schools. He received his Associates of Science in Drafting and Computer Drafting Degree from The University of Akron, his Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from Logan College of Chiropractic and his and Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri. He has owned and operated Fairview Park Chiropractic Center in The Fairview Shopping Center for the past 17 years, since January of 2002. He has been involved in numerous groups throughout Fairview Park over the years including the Fairview Park Chamber of Commerce as a member and board member, Fairview Park Schools Continuous Improvement Plan Committee, Fairview Park Charter Review Commission, Fairview Merchants Association, Fairview Park City Schools Facility Advisory Committee, Board Member of Forward Fairview Park, U.S. EPA Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Planning for Infill Development Local City Team, Fairview Park Senior Center Screenings, and Fairview Park Recreation Softball and Baseball sponsorships.

Todd was appointed to fill the Council-at-Large position by the members of Council on August 22, 2018 and is currently seeking to retain this position.!/Todd.Smith.Council.At.Large/?ref=bookmarks



Patrick, his wife Heidi and their son, Donovan, live on West Valley Drive. They have lived in Fairview Park since 2016. They are parishioners at St. Angela Merici. Donovan is a 7thgrader at the day school. Patrick attended St. Ignatius High School where he played varsity soccer and is a graduate of Cleveland State University where he earned a BA in History. He attended the Levin College of Urban Affairs for graduate school, but moved to Washington, DC prior to graduating. In Washington, DC Patrick worked at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, advocating for the protection and restoration of historic buildings and sites and the preservation of irreplaceable resources. He also taught high school Social Studies at a DC Charter school for students with behavioral challenges while continuing his education.

Patrick is the Membership and Education Foundation Manager for an international, member-based non-profit organization. Since returning to the Cleveland area, he and his family have been active in their community. While living in Lakewood, Patrick served on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee as a City Council Appointee. The volunteer body reviewed funding proposals and made recommendations to Council for appropriating federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. He also was a committee volunteer for the Fairview Park Relay for Life, which raised funds for cancer research, education and support services. Most recently, Patrick served on the City of Fairview Park’s Charter Review Commission. Civic engagement is a responsibility that Patrick feels passionately about and a responsibility he takes very seriously. Patrick is committed to seeing the City of Fairview Park continue to build on the great work that has been done and is underway. His areas of interest are Education, Parks and Recreation, In-fill development and Smart Growth. He is excited about bringing new, innovative and forward-thinking ideas to City Council.


Former Councilman Ward 1


Councilman Brian McDonough was appointed to fill a vacancy on Council in 2011. He was later elected to serve the residents of Ward 1 in 2011 and reelected in 2015 without opposition. On Council, Councilman McDonough serves as Vice-Chair of the Local Government and Community Services Committee, as a representative to the Cable Regulatory Staff Council, and as an alternate to Community Council.  He introduced the “No Texting While Driving” ordinance in Fairview Park to educate drivers about the dangers of distracted driving.  He also introduced legislation to create a juvenile diversion program with Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court for first-time juvenile delinquents in Fairview Park to perform community service for minor offenses. In Fairview Park, Councilman McDonough serves on the Parish Finance Council at St.  Angela Merici Church and as a volunteer with the Student Ambassador Program at St. Angela Merici Parish School. Councilman McDonough graduated from Saint Ignatius High School, the University of Notre Dame, and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He resides in Fairview Park.


Newly Elected Councilwoman


Newly Elected Councilwoman 


Hello. I am Bridget King and I am running for the Fairview Park City Council’s Ward 5 position. Born and raised westsiders (St. Angela Merici’s and St. Brendan’s parishes, respectively), my husband and I purchased our home in Fairview Park in 2003 because of our love of the community, schools, and residents.

For the past 15 years my career has developed as an ultrasound technologist at The Cleveland Clinic’s Main Campus. Currently, I work in the neuro-vascular lab. In addition, I have been a Professional Lecturer and featured as a Vascular Technologist Subject Matter Expert for The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, the governing body for this profession. With support from my family and strong time management skills, I have been successful in blending my family and professional lives.

Bob and I have been married for 23 years this summer.  When we bought our house we knew this was the community for our growing family.  This past spring, our oldest daughter completed her freshman year at Kent State University after graduating from Fairview Park High School in the top 10 of her class. Our middle daughter will be a senior at Fairview High School, and while an athlete on several teams, her most recent accomplishment is being part of the women’s relay team that set a school record this past swim season.  Her artwork is displayed by Forward Fairview in the window of the car wash at West 211 and Lorain. Our youngest daughter will be in 8th grade and is active on student council, cross country, synchronettes, soccer, and softball.

Through 2017 my involvement within the community focused around my daughters and roles within their academic activities or athletic boosters. In 2018 I bridged out to broader community growth, as I ran for and was elected as the member of the County Central Committee for Ward 5A. Through this position I have registered voters in the community and passed on voter education in the form of door hangers, postcards, and phone calls to voters prior to the 2018 fall elections. I have enjoyed the opportunities this position offers me, including meeting new residents in our community and throughout Cuyahoga County. Being on Fairview Park City Council would be a new and exciting way for me to give back to the community.  I am asking for your vote because I have proven to be thoughtful, hard working, and honest.  I offer on open mind and ear and will bring my love for the city to this position. I look forward to more growth in Fairview Park.