CSU’s Office of Civic Engagement (OCE), housed in the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs, recently launched a “Meet the 2021 Cleveland Mayoral Candidates” video series, in preparation for the Cleveland mayoral election this year. “Civic engagement on our campus is something that we believe should be encouraged every year, not just during presidential elections. Local leaders have tremendous influence over our day to day lives, which more people took notice of during the ongoing pandemic. Mask mandates, stay at home orders, and curfews are all policies implemented by local officials. Simply put, local elections matter, and it is our civic responsibility to convey this to our CSU campus community,” said Anita Ruf-Young, OCE’s Interim Director. The OCE aims to use this series to introduce and connect candidates to the CSU campus community. As part of this nonpartisan effort, the OCE invited all declared candidates to participate. Candidate videos will be added on a rolling basis and will be removed if a candidate drops out of the race.