Councilman says he'll seek second term in 2020

Posted 6/18/19

 Cleveland City Councilman Tom Cassada announced during WOOP’s Morning Jive radio program last week that he will be seeking re-election to represent Cleveland's 3rd District.He co-hosts the …

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Councilman says he'll seek second term in 2020


 Cleveland City Councilman Tom Cassada announced during WOOP’s Morning Jive radio program last week that he will be seeking re-election to represent Cleveland's 3rd District.

He co-hosts the morning drive program with former state Sen. Jeff Miller.

Cassada told the Cleveland Daily Banner that he ran his first campaign on three issues important to him and the voters in his district.

“I ran on three issues: public safety, infrastructure and education. I have kept my promises.”

Since taking office, Cleveland Fire Department Station No. 6 has been constructed, 15 new firefighters added to the Cleveland Fire Department and 12 new police officers added to the Cleveland Police Department’s force.

In addition, a new elementary school in Cassada’s district, Candy’s Creek Cherokee Elementary School, is slated to open in fall.

A long-awaited flood-control project on Candies Lane is scheduled to begin in July.

The project will raise portions of Candies Lane four feet at its lowest point to address flooding issues caused by Candies Creek that periodically makes the road impassable.

The section of road to be raised is located between Inverness Drive N.W. and Rolling Hills Drive N.W. Two 60-inch culverts will be replaced with larger precast culverts to accommodate water flow.

In addition, a bicycle-friendly, 8-foot-wide sidewalk will be built on the south side of Candies Lane, which will eventually connect to a greenway that will be constructed near Westmore Church of God’s new campus. 

Cassada graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1981. He received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Lee University in 1992.

He is president of operations and co-founder of ABCOR Packaging. He previously worked in sales for the Weyerhaeuser Company, located in Cleveland, as well as a member of  management at Life Care Centers of America in Brevard, N.C.

He and his wife, Denise Ledford Cassada, have three children: daughter, Lauren and son-in-law, Tommy Calfee; son, Jackson Cassada; and daughter, Kelsey Cassada; and  three grandchildren, Malory Calfee, Samuel Reed Calfee and Hannah Calfee.

Cassada was first elected to a four-year term on the City Council in 2016, defeating Michael Plumley. 

City Council elections are staggered. As a result, not all Council members are up for re-election in the same year. 

The election will be held Aug. 6, 2020.


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