ORANGE — Brent Silver is looking to increase his involvement in the village by running for a council seat this fall. With the intent of continuing former Councilman Ron Barron’s legacy, Mr. Silver pulled a petition at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections last week.
Mr. Silver, 41, for the last year has been a wealth management analyst at Meaden and Moore, an accounting and business consulting firm in Cleveland. Prior to that, he worked as an assistant vice president at PNC Investments for six years. Mr. Silver has been a board member for the Orange Hill Homeowners Association for the last eight years.
As a 10-year resident of Orange Village, this is not Mr. Silver’s first time getting involved with municipal operations. He has been a member of the Finance Committee and the Records Retention Committee since 2017. Serving on those committees led him to run for council, he said.
“I work in the investment world so I have a finance background, which was a good place to get started with municipal involvement,” he said.
Mr. Silver applied but was not selected last month by council for the seat left vacant after Mr. Barron passed away. Council instead named Alan Charnas who will hold the council seat until the end of this year. The November general election will determine which candidate will finish this unexpired term ending December of 2021.
Mr. Silver said he got to know Mr. Barron before he passed away in April. Mr. Barron was a liaison between the Orange City School District and Village Council. Mr. Silver has two children in first and third grades at Moreland Hills Elementary School and would like to play a similar role.
“I want to work closely with the school district and see how the village and district could partner up,” he said.
Mr. Silver has several other ideas for council if elected. He would like to add restrooms to the Orange Village Park, which is located behind Village Hall at 4600 Lander Road, instead of the current Porta Potties. Economic development in the village is another area of interest to him. Orange should look into the possibility of having an economic development director to attract new businesses, Mr. Silver said, similar to other communities, like Woodmere.
His background in the investment industry makes him a qualified candidate, he added, because he has an analytical mindset and interprets numbers well.
“I’m a free thinker and I have an independent mindset,” he said. “I don’t go along with the group and I learned that from Ron (Barron).”
Mr. Silver also said that he would like to see a variety of ages for council members, including young people, since Orange is known as a community for all generations.
All candidates for mayor or council member in Orange Village need at least 25 signatures from registered voters before filing their petition to run for office. The deadline to file at the board of elections is Aug. 7.