Richard will restore LGBTQ representation to the Maple Heights City Council
For the past ten years, Richard has championed a dynamic community that celebrates all of us. He has served as Maple Heights City Councilman of District 6 and Council President. Currently he serves as the Civil Service Commissioner. Richard grew up in Maple Heights and graduated from the Maple Heights City Schools. He first made history by becoming the first openly gay person to have served on the Maple Heights City Council. On November 3, 2015, Richard made history again by becoming Ohio’s first openly gay elected City Council President.
Since taking office Richard has worked tirelessly for the citizens of Maple Heights to improve city services and the quality of life for residents. In 2014, Richard took the lead as a member of City Council and successfully led efforts to amend city ordinances in housing and city employment so that now those laws include language prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. In 2014, Richard was honored by the Cleveland Stonewall Democrats with the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Freedom Award, given to those who champion social justice.
Richard is finishing his Bachelor of Science degree in Public Service and Public Policy at Arizona State University, is a David Bohnett Leadership Fellow from the Victory Institute and graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Education Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.
Importance of Candidacy:
- Richard was the first openly LGBTQ member of the Maple Heights City Council, and is running to restore that representation
- Richard will be one of the only openly HIV-positive elected officials in the United States