Issue: January/February 2011
Power 100: Political Shakeup
November’s election brought dramatic changes in the fortunes of our
representatives in Cleveland, Columbus and Washington — while the slow
march of setbacks and scandals eroded other politicians’ stature more
gradually. Here’s who had a good year and who had a bad one.
The Top 25
The Power 100 List
Greater Akron, Cuyahoga County, Lake County, Lorain County, Mahoning Valley
#1 Sandy Cutler,
Chairman and CEO,
#3 Christopher Connor,
Chairman and CEO,
The Sherwin-Williams Co.
Tale of Two Cities
#4 Dan Gilbert,
Majority owner, Cleveland Cavaliers; chairman, Quicken Loans Inc.; principal, Rock Gaming
#6 Anthony Alexander,
President and CEO, FirstEnergy Corp.
In Good Health
#8 Thomas Zenty,
CEO, University Hospitals
#13 Beth Mooney,
President, COO, and incoming chairman and CEO, KeyCorp
County Executive Ed FitzGerald talks economic development
Women on Power
Five women on our list provide their views
Good Years, Bad Years
Tracking ups and downs
How Novembers winds blew in change
2010 honorees who didn't
make the list
Jackson had a pretty tough 2010. His plan to leverage a giant LED lighting contract to attract 350 jobs is on life support. The water department, the carrot he dangled to entice suburbs into “no poaching” agreements, is plagued with customer-service snafus. His endorsement of Terri Hamilton Brown in the county executive race didn’t help her much at all. For now, he’s still got more clout than Ed FitzGerald, an unknown quantity. But a year from now? Maybe not.
As Plusquellic decides whether to run for a seventh term as Akron’s mayor, he approaches the same battlefield he faced in his 2007 race and the failed 2009 recall. On one side, Akron’s business community and other allies celebrate him for his track record of results. On the other stands everyone rubbed raw by his grudges and temper. Plusquellic’s near-loss four years ago still bugs him. So do Akron’s budget troubles. But is he up for one more campaign and four more years as the center of attention?
With George Voinovich’s retirement, Brown becomes Ohio’s senior senator and the only senator from Northeast Ohio. That alone makes him a go-to guy. But his reluctant vote for the Obama-Republican tax-cut compromise foreshadows a tough two years ahead. The populist partisan will have to adjust to the half-victories of divided government — even as the national GOP makes him a target in the 2012 election.
LaTourette, an effective partner with Northeast Ohio’s business community even during four years in the minority, should become a major player in the new Republican Congress. He’s said to be one of new speaker John Boehner’s closest friends in the House. And his move to the Appropriations Committee two years ago may pay off big for Ohio now.
He’s still an influential leader in the Mahoning Valley. But the Democrats’ loss in the November election will sap Ryan’s clout in Washington. He’s likely to lose his seat on the Appropriations Committee and its defense subcommittee.
Cleveland city councilman
Supporting Issue 6 gave him a boost in 2009, but Cimperman lost key council committee assignments as 2010 began, a sign he may have fallen out of favor with council president Martin Sweeney. But Cimperman’s maintaining his reputation as a creative forward thinker on council with his support for initiatives such as a sustainable food economy.
Cuyahoga County prosecutor
A year ago, Mason looked like a survivor, the only county official to support Issue 6 and keep his job under the new charter. But 2010 chopped at the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s stature like a dull axe hacking at old wood. From January’s revelation that Mason was in the car when his campaign treasurer was stopped for DUI to his ruined September golf outing, which reporters crashed to ask why he didn’t bust Frank Russo and Jimmy Dimora, Mason had the worst year of any local public official not under indictment. No wonder he announced he won’t run again in 2012.
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