WOODMERE — Nakeshia Nickerson pulled a petition earlier this month from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to run for a seat on Village Council with a goal to offer a unique and fair perspective. Ms. Nickerson, 38, a 12-year resident of the village, said that she is ready to invest more time in the community that she calls home.

When she moved to Woodmere, Ms. Nickerson said that she fell in love with the community. She was elected the precinct leader for Woodmere and currently serves on the Steering Committee to help draft a master plan for the future of the village.

“I like how it’s going but want to see how communities around us are doing,” she said, “I want to make sure that we move into the future. I want us to stay progressive and competitive with surrounding neighborhoods.”

She is an executive committee member for the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, although the office of village council member is nonpartisan. Ms. Nickerson said that her position on the executive committee gives her a way to communicate with people who make decisions that affect the village including District 9 Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown, who represents Woodmere.

Ms. Nickerson is a self-employed author and program director. She writes articles for Thrive Global, an initiative founded by Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post.

She also writes books for children to help them deal with their emotions. Ms. Nickerson said she uses her books to create characters that are loving and supportive to walk children through the healing process. She said that she also directs programs across Cleveland with a goal of mental health and wellness for youths.

According to Ms. Nickerson, she would use her passions for wellness and children to create a strong partnership with the Orange City School District. She said that if elected, she could be a liaison between the village and school district.

“I want to see [children] grow and mature successfully. That’s my main goal in life,” she said. “I would like to see us as a community and council connect.”

Ms. Nickerson said that she has various goals for Woodmere. Officials often discuss how to resolve issues that homeowners are dealing with, she said, but do not consider problems that might affect residents of apartment buildings, several of which are located in the village.

She said that people who live in apartments need to know where to turn if a landlord does not resolve a problem in the unit. Tenants are concerned with where their children can play since, she said, they live in apartments with no playgrounds. Parks and senior housing are issues as well, she added.

“I believe I will be a unique, progressive and viable choice for residents in November and a unique addition to the council,” she said. “I believe council is doing a good job but my overall goal is to be fair, committed and concerned and establish that government and collaborative support for our community.”

The term of a council member is four years in Woodmere, and four at-large council seats are up for grabs. Candidates need 30 signatures of registered voters for the petitions that must be filed with the board of elections by Aug. 7.

Julie Hullett has been a reporter for the Chagrin Valley Times since August of 2018 and covers Gates Mills, Hunting Valley, Moreland Hills, Orange, Pepper Pike and Woodmere. She graduated from John Carroll University with a journalism degree in 2018.

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