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I am compelled to respond to the Plain Dealer endorsement editorial published October 24, 2013. In it, the editorial board cites my call for an official investigation into Mayor Daniel Ursu's request for City Council to authorize a $200,000 Brownfield Remediation Grant directly tied to mayoral candidate Dawud (“David”) Ali as "lobbing bombs without much proof."
I am pleased to announce that, on October 21, 2013, the proof came. I am attaching an official Ohio Ethics Commission guidance letter which clearly proves me correct. David Ali cannot both be mayor and have himself or his son develop the Chardon-Richmond Road Gas Station. It begs the question: “What is Ali really running for? To be a gas station owner, or to be a Mayor.” It cannot be both.
Ali, by his own words, claims it is his son who will develop the gas station at Chardon & Richmond Roads. Please go right now to www.rtandrews.blogspot.com for a video interview of Ali immediately after the League of Women Voters candidates’ forum. This is still illegal under the Ohio Ethics laws.
Dan Ursu must take responsibility. He is a trained lawyer. He has been Mayor of Richmond Heights for 24 years and is now seeking his seventh term. He knows Ohio's Ethics Laws. Perhaps Ali is too unaware of Ohio's Ethics laws to know that he cannot be Mayor and work to have his son acquire a property for the purpose of developing the Chardon Road Gas Station without being in direct violation of the law. Perhaps, more destructively, Dawud Ali and the Dan Ursu are collaborating, with Ali's reward for an Ursu victory being a city and county subsidized gas station.
Like any public official, I am elected to inquire and ask the tough questions. In this case, I have brought to light to a deal that is suspect and smells - by almost any account. It required a light to be shone when the Mayor requested City Council to act on the $200,000 grant. Please know that I have and always will represent the people with honesty and integrity. Thank you for the opportunity to present this new Ethics Commission guidance information to you.
Miesha Wilson Headen
Council at Large, City of Richmond Heights
Candidate for Mayor