Free download: Read all about the political beatdown King’s getting door-to-door as East Cleveland mayoral candidate Gowdy’s newspaper opens voter eyes to his militarized & deadly violent police

Gowdy and Anderson's newspaper "politically" smacks King and Michael Smedley in their mouths after they try and fail to smear her with East Cleveland voters

CLEVELAND, OHEJBNEWS is offering its readers a look at the special August 2021 edition of the Sunrise News published in East Cleveland by Council Vice President and mayoral candidate Juanita Gowdy and co-publisher Justyn Anderson.  It’s hot.

East Cleveland Sunrise – Special August Edition

Everyone who remembers “The Mack” starring Max Julian as Goldie the pimp remembers this line.  “Either we can handle this like players or we can get into some gangster shit.”  I once gave Mayor Michael Reed White two copies of a letter he’d asked me to write to Michael Polensek during his brief tenure as council’s president in 2000.  The first one included the line above.  He wanted to sign it.  Polensek got the edited version.

With over 170 high speed police pursuits threatening public safety in East Cleveland and surrounding cities, Council Vice President and mayoral candidate Juanita Gowdy knows Brandon King isn’t making police follow warrantless pursuit laws.

The Richmond Heights resident who’s been sneaking his way onto East Cleveland ballots, Brandon King, should have realized that when he took a smack at his newspaper publishing opponent that she was going to use it to damn near immediately smack him back.  You don’t pick a fight with someone who can put 2000 pounds of newspapers on the streets anytime they want.

King and his bag man crony, Michael Smedley, released an anonymous flyer claiming Council Vice President Juanita Gowdy had a criminal record.  She doesn’t, but obeying Section 3517.21 of the Ohio Revised Code is just one of a long list of federal, state and local laws anarchist Smedley ignores.   Smedley also created a flyer that made false allegations against veteran Councilman Nathaniel Martin under the name of “Gowdy for mayor.”  Martin told me Smedley publicly claimed I created it during a public meeting. I didn’t.

The heading of the unsuspended general law that warned King and Smedley not to play these type of dirty political games reads as follows:  “Infiltration of campaign – false statements in campaign materials – election of candidate.”  It’s one of many unsuspended election laws the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections doesn’t aggressively advertise as being enforceable.  For the purposes of Gowdy’s campaign the sections below are applicable.

“(A) No person, during the course of any campaign for nomination or election to public office or office of a political party, shall knowingly and with intent to affect the outcome of such campaign do any of the following:  (4) Make a false statement that a candidate or public official has been indicted or convicted of a theft offense, extortion, or other crime involving financial corruption or moral turpitude;  (5) Make a statement that a candidate has been indicted for any crime or has been the subject of a finding by the Ohio elections commission without disclosing the outcome of any legal proceedings resulting from the indictment or finding;  (6) Make a false statement that a candidate or official has a record of treatment or confinement for mental disorder;  (8) Falsely identify the source of a statement, issue statements under the name of another person without authorization, or falsely state the endorsement of or opposition to a candidate by a person or publication.”

Gowdy was understandably angered and shaken by the smear campaign coming from Smedley and King.  King may not have liked her assessment of his handling of the duties of the mayor’s office over the past four years and during her first year on council; but Gowdy had a constitutional right as an elected representative of the residents of Ward 2 to ensure he was enforcing laws and protecting the rights of the city’s residents from abusive municipal workers.

Already Michael Smedley and Brandon King are scheming to steal a piece of the $23 million in federal Covid money for themselves and their friends. They’ve got a scheme. Residents get $3000 to fix their homes; but they have to use King’s handpicked contractors to do the repairs. Same bullshit that happened with the $6.2 million in CSX money in 1999. Where, Gary Norton, is the $8 million from the Cleveland Clinic money?

Since the beginning of her term on January 1, 2020, Gowdy asked King to deliver oaths of office on all city workers to the clerk of council as required by Section 705.28 of the Ohio Revised Code.  She’s warned him to supervise private contract attorney Willa Hemmons to discharge the duties of the director of law to prevent the $100 million in legal liabilities the taxpayers have to pay for police civil rights abuses from accumulating.

King opposed Gowdy’s introduction of the Tamia Chapmann Act earlier this year to stop the deadly high speed chases from untrained and uncertified “law enforcement officer impersonators” under his management.  Gowdy wanted to talk about King’s record in public office and not the fake criminal record he and Smedley were spreading.

Gowdy and the Sunrise News’ co-publisher, Justyn Anderson, knew it was important for East Cleveland residents to know the truth about what was taking place with King’s administration of municipal workers and their tax dollars at city hall.  Anderson had launched Sunrise News with Gowdy two years ago; and with the right guidance had built it into a credible local newspaper serving East Cleveland residents door to door.

For their special August 2021 edition the “growing in experience” newspaper publishers wanted a restyled high impact look and more concise messaging to deliver pristine quality information to voters in an easy-to-read format.  They came to EJBNEWS.

According to former East Cleveland council Vice President Chantelle Lewis, who endorsed Gowdy, the city is on fire over the revelations about the King administration in the Sunrise News.  She said voters were aware through the media that the city was facing problems; especially the high speed chases.  But she said Gowdy and Anderson’s August Sunrise News edition puts the information in their faces in a way the issues she’s raising about King can’t be ignored.

Mayoral candidate and East Cleveland city council vice president Juanita Gowdy has been relentless in exposing the corruption in Brandon King’s administration as mayor.

“It’s shocking to see our city being mistreated so badly,” Lewis said.  The school principal and administrator campaigned as former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill’s running mate for lieutenant governor when he sought the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018.

Gowdy and Anderson say the street reaction to Sunrise News has been phenomenal. Anderson said young people who get their news online, and who are not accustomed to reading newspapers, are reading.

“I’m pleased when I see young people my age and younger reading news that’s important about our community and reacting to it in a positive way,” Anderson said.

Said Gowdy, “The people of East Cleveland are getting the truth they need in real time.  The election is important.  Our city can’t keep going in the direction it’s going in because people are getting hurt.  Government in America is not supposed to be abusive.”

Eric Jonathan Brewer

Cleveland's most influential journalist and East Cleveland's most successful mayor is an East Saint Louis, Illinois native whose father led the city's petition drive in 1969 to elect the first black mayor in 1971. Eric is an old-school investigative reporter whose 40-year body of editorial work has been demonstrably effective. No local journalist is feared or respected more.

Trained in newspaper publishing by the legendary Call & Post Publisher William Otis Walker in 1978 when it was the nation's 5th largest Black-owned publication, Eric has published and edited 13 local, regional and statewide publications across Ohio. Adding to his publishing and reporting resume is Eric's career in government. Eric served as the city's highest paid part-time Special Assistant to ex-Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White. He served as Chief of Staff to ex-East Cleveland Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor; and Chief of Communications to the late George James in his capacity as the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's first Black executive director. Eric was appointed to serve as a member of the state's Financial Planning & Supervision Commission to guide the East Cleveland school district out of fiscal emergency and $20 million deficit. Former U.S. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson told Eric in his D.C. office he was the only mayor in the nation simultaneously-managing a municipal block grant program. Eric wrote the city's $2.2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant application. A HUD Inspector General audit of his management of the block grant program resulted in "zero" audit findings.

As a newspaper publisher, Eric has used his insider's detailed knowledge of government and his publications to lead the FBI and state prosecutors to investigations that resulted in criminal prosecutions of well-known elected officials in Ohio; and have helped realign Cleveland's political landscape with the defeat of candidates and issues he's exposed. Eric's stories led to the indictments of the late Governor George Voinovich's brother, Paul Voinovich of the V Group, and four associates. He asked the FBI to investigate the mayor he'd served as chief of staff for public corruption; and testified in three federal trials for the prosecution. He forced former Cuyahoga County Coroner Dr. Elizabeth Balraj to admit her investigations of police killings were fraudulent; and to issue notices to local police that her investigators would control police killing investigations. Eric's current work has resulted in Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo accepting the criminal complaint he guided an activist to file against 24 civil rights-violating police officers in the city he once led for operating without valid peace officer credentials. USA Today reporters picked up on Eric's police credentials reporting from his social media page and made it national.

Eric is the author of of his first book, "Fight Police License Plate Spying," which examines the FBI and local police misuse of the National Crime Information Center criminal records history database. An accomplished trumpet player and singer whose friendship with Duke Fakir of the Four Tops resulted in his singing the show's closing song, "Can't Help Myself": Curtis Sliwa of New York's Guardian Angels counts Eric among his founding chapter leaders from the early 1980's role as an Ohio organizer of over 300 volunteer crime fighters in Cleveland, Columbus and Youngstown, Ohio. For his work as a young man Eric was recognized by Cleveland's Urban League as it's 1983 Young Man of the Year.

Known in Cleveland for his encyclopedic knowledge of government and history, and intimately-connected with the region's players, every local major media outlet in Cleveland has picked up on one of Eric's stories since 1979. There is no mainstream newspaper, television or radio outlet in Cleveland that does not include an interview with Eric Jonathan Brewer in its archives over the past 40 years.

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