Get to Know Gigi Traore

Get to Know Gigi Traore

Name: Gigi Traore
Office you’re seeking: At-Large Council for Village of Newburgh Heights
Are you an incumbent? Yes
Age: 39
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Tell us a little bit about yourself (i.e. where are you from, where’d you go to school, what you do for a living, etc.)
Political operative with 18 years of field management experience for regional and statewide independent expenditures/nonpartisan programs. Currently serving as the Senior Regional Organizer - Ohio/Indiana at the Indivisible Project. Additionally, completing a term as the first person of African descent to serve as councilmember for the Village of Newburgh Heights. In this position I chair the Local Business & Commerce Development Committee, Parks & Active Transportation Masterplan Committee and Literacy Access Initiative. 1st Chair of the Finance Committee and member of Public Works Committee. Board member of the Volunteer Fire Fighter Dependents Fund Board, Northeast Ohio City Council Association; and Caucus member of Arts Cleveland's Arts + Culture Caucus.

Holds both a bachelor and master’s degree, former Steering Committee member and Vice Chair of Operations for the Cuyahoga Democratic Women’s Caucus [2009-2017], DNC Delegate [2012 & 2016] Precinct Committeewoman [2015-2017] and US Delegate to China Communist Youth League’s Political Leaders’ Exchange & Dialogue [2017]. Have served as a Cuyahoga County Executive Committee member [2010-present]. Provide teach-ins and talks on racial and social justice issues at the collegiate and conference/summit level as well as hold membership on various nonprofit boards and community organizations.

Why are you running for this office?
Running to retain a council seat I was appointed to in 2017. My goal is to complete the implementation of projects (i.e. business retention and attraction, green space redevelopment) and to help continue the progressive trajectory in which Newburgh Heights has outlined in its masterplan. Additionally, I want to continue to create policies relevant of not just Newburgh Heights, but the region and state; this is particularly important being that if reelected I would be the youngest councilmember by nearly 2 decades. Note: I’m currently the youngest member on council.

What are the most important issues on your campaign?
Newburgh Heights is a small municipality therefore issues such as business retention and creation, residential attraction especially young families and professionals as well as usage of our green space and ensuring diverse representation exists on council as it relates to race, age and experience will be the primary issues of focus during my campaign.

Give us a fun fact about yourself.
I have hiked and visited 11 of Ohio’s waterfalls.

What’s your favorite thing about Ohio?
Natural resources, Ohio has several scenic public spaces; I’m especially fond of the many waterfalls.

Which team is your favorite sports team? If there’s a fun reason why, tell us!
All Cleveland teams – I’m a hometown girl with hometown pride!

If you were a professional athlete what song would you choose to be your “walk out” song?
"When Jesus Says Yes" by Michelle Williams or "War" by Charles Jenkins

What TV show have you binge watched entirely too fast?
Not applicable, I don’t watch television.

If you were an Olympic athlete, what sport would you compete in? Gymnastics

Most importantly, how can young Dems help in your campaign?
Provide field support [canvassing, lit drop] also assist with digital organizing outreach – helping to target and reach Newburgh Heights residents, but also Democratic Party leaders who may not be aware of my work, service and or campaign.


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