MORELAND HILLS — Councilman David Emerman is seeking re-election this fall saying that he aims to maintain the rural charm and financial stability of the village. In June, he pulled a petition at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections for an unexpired term ending in 2021.
“My goal with re-election is to help preserve the beauty and tranquility of Moreland Hills and to maintain a responsible fiscal policy,” he said.
Mr. Emerman, 35, works as general counsel for the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, part of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. As the dredge program administrator, Mr. Emerman said that he manages a program to divert 2 million tons of dredge material from Lake Erie every year.
Harbors need to be dredged regularly to remain open for commercial navigation, according to Mr. Emerman. About 225,000 cubic yards of dredge material is removed from the Cleveland Harbor annually, he said. In addition, Mr. Emerman is chairman of the Dredge Research and Innovation in Farming Team, also known as DRIFT. Prior to joining the Ohio EPA, he worked in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office as an assistant attorney general.
Mr. Emerman currently is the chairman of the village Facilities Committee, which he chose to head up because it relates to his work experience. He said his goal “is to ensure that the village has the equipment and facilities to provide residents with first class services.”
He meets regularly with Service Director Ted DeWater and Village Engineer Jeff Filarski to do walk-throughs and inspections of the village facilities and equipment. The facilities committee also reviews the operations of pump stations and the Greentree wastewater treatment plant. Mr. Emerman said that the projects and construction oversight are similar to his work with the state of Ohio.
Mr. Emerman spoke on the importance of a hands-on approach in government. He has a monthly phone call with village Treasurer Prashant Shah to review recent transfers and appropriations to maintain fiscal stewardship in Moreland Hills.
One recent accomplishment that Mr. Emerman mentioned was the renewal of the safety levy for the village last fall. He said that he worked with Mr. Shah and Mayor Susan Renda to ensure that the levy would be a renewal without modifications. With a renewal, the village can maintain the 12.5 percent state subsidy, which has been eliminated for new levies statewide.
Only two candidates ran for three available council seats in November of 2017, so Mr. Emerman was chosen in February of 2018 to fill the seat until the 2019 general election. This unexpired term goes until the end of 2021. Candidates for mayor and council in Moreland Hills need 63 signatures from registered voters in the village and the deadline to file at the board of elections is Aug. 7.
Mr. Emerman said that he grew up in Pepper Pike and graduated from Orange High School. He lived in South Euclid, Columbus and Cleveland before coming to Moreland Hills in 2015 to raise his family. Mr. Emerman is married to Amanda Karp, and they have two daughters, Jane, 3, and Rose, 1.
“We love living in Moreland Hills. It’s the best place to live in northeast Ohio and we want to keep it that way,” Mr. Emerman said.