Look at the filthy junk yard East Cleveland’s mayor pretends he’s living in with his new Cleveland Clinic nurse wife, mom and 3 brothers

The most disrespectful and lawbreaking mayor in East Cleveland history

CLEVELAND, OH – The feature image is of the address Mayor Brandon Lee King, his mother, three brothers, his wife and a brother’s girlfriend all claim is their residence for the purpose of voting in East Cleveland elections.  King’s new wife, Cleveland Clinic Nurse Practitioner Stephanie McCarroll, just changed her voter registration from a house on Antisdale in South Euclid to vote from the King family junkyard she doesn’t reside at on 1735 Elsinore Street in East Cleveland.  The couple married last February 22, 2022.

Living in the city you’re voting in and seeking to hold elected office is a requirement of state law.  Section 3.15(A)(4) and 3.15(B) of the Ohio Revised Code (R.C.) mandates that elected officials in all political subdivisions must be residents of the subdivision where they’re holding office during their entire term. There’s no authority for them to temporarily reside anywhere else with the intent of returning. They can’t leave if they want to hold elected office in a political subdivision.

All three doors that allow the King’s to enter and exist 1735 Elsinore Street are blocked. This is the rear of the King family dump about 50 feet away from the East Cleveland Library parking lot.

The instructions to King, pursuant to R.C. 3.15(B), were to forfeit the office when he ceased being an East Cleveland resident. Since he did not live with his brother, Sheldon, at 1735 Elsinore when he campaigned for council, King had no legal authority to seek elected office in East Cleveland.

(A) “Except as otherwise provided in division (B) of this section, at all times during one’s term of office:”

(3) “Each person holding an elective office of a political subdivision shall be a resident of that political subdivision.”

(4) “Each member of a municipal legislative authority who represents a ward shall be a resident of the ward the member represents, and each member of a board of education of a city school district who represents a subdistrict shall be a resident of the subdistrict the member represents.”

(B)  “Any person who fails to meet any of the requirements of division (A) of this section that apply to the person shall forfeit the office.

Mayor Brandon King is neighbors to the East Cleveland Public Library, the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland head start center and the RTA’s Louis Stokes Rail Station at Windermere. This is the land behind a property the non-resident claims he lives with his mother, three brothers, a new wife and a brother’s girlfriend.

Section (B) doesn’t give King a choice as to whether or not he should have remained in office. He doesn’t live in East Cleveland.  He’s required to forfeit job.  It’s that simple.  No dignified mayor would lie about living with 6 adults like a loser in a dump with his wife; who no one sees entering and leaving.

1735 Elsinore was built in 1899 and features three apartments with five small bedrooms. Each 1300 square foot rowhouse apartment comes with one bathroom.  The property was acquired by King’s West Indian parents, Cecil and Norma, on January 1, 1975.  The Cuyahoga County Auditor’s online records show the West Indian aliens as acquiring the property for $0.

King and his brothers Cecil, Norman and Sheldon, all men in their 50’s with multiple property holdings and families, are claiming to reside in the one bathroom rowhouse with their 82-year-old mother, Norma.  Sheldon’s girlfriend, Raven Lewis, is also claiming to be a residential household member on official records.  Cecil owns a well-maintained residential property at 8115 Crudele in Garfield Heights.  Norma and Norman have created Fish Inc. LLC to own their shared residence at 5156 Austen Lane in Richmond Heights.

When the King family patriarch, Cecil, Sr., died in 2012 his obituary identified 15 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.  Records show the King clan adding more children who neighbors should see visiting matriarch Norma King at the dump that’s supposed to be her residence for voting purposes on Elsinore Street.

Mayor Brandon King told residents at the March 21 council meeting that the drivers who don’t want to be stopped by Ohio Highway Patrol troopers for driving without insurance should catch the bus. Tough talk for a non-East Cleveland resident who lies about living in this dump at 1735 Elsinore Street with his mother, wife, 3 brothers and a brother’s girl friend. It’s amazing how politicians who do the most wrong are always pointing fingers at someone else.

King was not a resident of East Cleveland when he campaigned for city council in 2013; and when he appointed himself from the council vice presidency to the office of mayor after Gary Norton was recalled in 2016.

Instead of council voting to elect King its president, so he could ascend to the mayor’s office, he appointed himself its president after voters removed Norton.  The son of West Indian aliens declared, erroneously, that he automatically assumed the council presidency from the vice presidency.  Like every other ruling he’s used to hold office unlawfully, or to obstruct council from learning how he’s awarding no bid contracts to his friends, King can’t support his excuses with a specific law.  He must not believe the FBI is investigating the $300 and $3000 checks he’s been delivering to residents without council approval from East Cleveland’s share of federal American Rescue Plan Act money.

WKYC would have shared a different view of King’s “mentoring” Cleveland Clinic employee wife if they’d known she was adding to her husband’s political base with an illegal vote from the King family dump.  Check out the green sign in the front yard that reads, “Please don’t litter.  A community of achievement.  City of East Cleveland.”  It exists as evidence of the reprobate thinking associated with occupants who’d admit to living in a dwelling surrounded by filth.

Cuyahoga County property show Cecil King, Jr. owns this well kept, single family home in Garfield Heights at 8115 Crudele Street while he votes from 1735 Elsinore Street in East Cleveland to help his non-resident mayor brother.

From 2011 until November 2022, McCarroll voted in South Euclid elections.  When she voted from 3837 Antisdale in November 2022, her vote was cast from a home she’d sold nine months earlier on February 27, 2022; 5 days after her marriage to King  The address at the time she cast her vote was the residence of Bernard Fryshman and Rivka Gittel.  In December 2022 she changed her voting address to 1735 Elsinore in East Cleveland; knowing she had never resided, and did not reside, in the city.

It’s unlikely she’s using the King family dump at 1735 Elsinore Street in her Cleveland Clinic personnel files.  Ohio’s drivers license laws required McCarroll to inform the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles of her change of residential addresses within 10 days.  It’s in Section 4507.09(C) of the Ohio Revised Code.  King may have failed to discuss the law with his trusting new wife before asking her to risk her reputation and medical license to help him engage in election fraud.

Each person licensed as a driver under this chapter shall notify the registrar of any change in the person’s address within ten days following that change. The notification shall be in writing on a form provided by the registrar and shall include the full name, date of birth, license number, county of residence, social security number, and new address of the person.

King’s new wife, McCarroll-King, is a Cleveland Clinic nurse practitioner. Glassdoor lists salaries for employees in her categorty at $120,000 a year and up.  She’d have to do a lot of lying to convince her Cleveland Clinic colleagues that she’s so in love with King, she’s willing to live with him, his mother, three brothers and his brother’s girlfriend like losers in a 5 bedroom, one bathroom, 1300 square foot rowhouse that’s surrounded by filth.

Stephanie McCarroll-King is a Cleveland Clinic nurse practitioner who switched her voting address from her South Euclid home to the King family dump.

To even the most casual observer, the property King and his family vote from, and don’t reside in, is an unsafe and uninhabitable fire trap.  I photographed the front of the property on March 17, 2023; and observed its entrances and exits were blocked with debris.  I photographed the rear yard on March 20.  It is as blocked with debris as the front.  King’s brother Sheldon, who is supposed to be his residential room mate, is starting another junkyard at 12819 Speedway Overlook where he owns a single family home.

The condition of the mayor’s so-called “residential” address is an admission that he and his family, including a Cleveland Clinic nurse practitioner, are irresponsible losers living in a squalid fire trap.  King’s claimed residential property is also a safety threat and health hazard to the neighbor next door; and the surrounding neighborhood.  The debris is a nesting ground for vermin like rats, mice, roaches, termites, bedbugs, gophers, raccoons and more.

Mayor Brandon King and the 6 family losers claiming to live with him at 1735 Elsinore Street are committing voter fraud.

Pursuant to Section 1379.07(a)(b)(1) of East Cleveland’s codified ordinances, the King family lives in an “unsafe building.”   The city’s ordinances require King to discharge the duties of “Securing unsafe buildings.” He’s criminally obstructed the enforcement of the law against himself and his family.

Section 113 of East Cleveland’s Charter gives the mayor the duty to enforce the city’s building and housing ordinances; and to assign inspectors to inspect and ticket the owners of unsafe properties like King’s “on paper” residence.  Ord. No. 1379.07 reads as follows:

(a)  All buildings or structures which are unsafe, unsanitary, or not provided with adequate egress, or which constitute a fire hazard, or are otherwise dangerous to human life, or which in relation to existing use constitute a hazard to safety or health by reason of inadequate maintenance, dilapidation, obsolesence or abandonment, are severally in contemplation of this section, unsafe buildings.
(b)   All such unsafe buildings are hereby declared illegal and shall be abated by repair and rehabilitation or by boarding-up, demolition in accordance with the following procedure
(1)  Whenever the Building Inspector finds any building or structure or portion thereof to be unsafe, as defined above, he or she shall, in accordance with established procedure for legal notices, give the owner, agent or person in control of such building or structure written notice stating the defects thereof. This notice shall require the owner within a stated time either to complete specified repairs or improvements, board-up or demolish and remove the building or structure or portion thereof.”


Records on file with Ohio’s Secretary of State show Norman King registered Fish Inc. LLC that now owns 5156 Austen Lane. He lists it, and not 1735 Elsinore Street, as his place of residence. This is where King’s mother, Norma, actually resides.  Notice how homes are being well-maintained around their neighbors in another city, under another mayor; while the King’s treat their East Cleveland neighbors in the city he manages like hood rats+

East Cleveland residents say the King family junkyard at 1735 Elsinore Street has become more of a neighborhood eyesore since its owner’s election as mayor.  Prior to King joining council, the property was raided twice for drugs by East Cleveland police.

On paper it shows King’s brother, Sheldon, was arrested while the mayor and his mother and siblings used his residence as a voting address.  If they all were living with Sheldon while he sold drugs, as it shows in their voting history, King has never shared his whereabouts when 1735 Elsinore was raided.

Mayor Brandon King treats East Cleveland’s treasury like his personal all you can eat buffet. He doesn’t live in the city. He buys new cars for himself, decorates his office instead of buying service vehicles; and has remodeled the men’s room on the second floor so only he has access to the entrance. Men and women on the second floor share restroom facilities.

The conversation about where King lives, around East Cleveland city hall, is full of mysteries.  Everyone’s heard stories but only his inner circle knows.  Thieves of a feather flock together.

The most persistent story is that King’s driven to and from city hall in a police SUV by an East Cleveland cop who everyone thinks is next in the line-up of the 16 indicted cops King managed. Larry McDonald.  The allegation is that McDonald keeps King from being followed in the $50,000 black Ford Expedition he bought himself with taxpayer funds.  King’s been seen working out at Fitworks in Richmond Heights.  Instead of reporting the mayor’s residency crimes against East Cleveland taxpayers, McDonald would keep his secret because King’s protected him.

The police SUV Larry McDonald drives is parked in the spot reserved for East Cleveland mayor. McDonald is alleged to drive Mayor Brandon King to and from work.

McDonald’s name continues to surface as one of the violent cops King hired and promoted to terrorize the city’s residents, with the help of his unethical and now fired prosecutors,  Willa Mae Hemmons and Heather McCollough.  Council vacated their offices on January 26, 2023.  King and Judge William Dawson are allowing them to impersonate prosecuting attorneys in violation of Section 2938.13 of the Ohio Revised Code.

King promoted McDonald after he was caught asking one of the indicted cops to give him his marijuana evidence for a “girlfriend.”  McDonald shot 18-year-old Vincent Belmonte in the back of the head after turning off his bodycam when he engaged in a warrantless pursuit without probable cause.  McDonald travels with non-resident King like his personal bodyguard.

He can’t fire the cop who keeps his residency secrets.

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.

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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.

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