News: Official Announcement



On Monday, December 7, Councilwoman Nickie J. Antonio announced her candidacy for election to the Ohio House District 13 at 4:30pm in front of Roosevelt Elementary School located at 14237 Athens Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107. An experienced policy maker and advocate for working people, seniors, families, small business owners and diverse populations including members of the GLBT community, Antonio has served with distinction as a popular and responsive at-large councilmember in Lakewood for the past 4 years and was recently the top vote-getter in her bid for re-election. Antonio also enjoys strong support from labor, women, progressives, members of social change and arts communities.

“Now more than ever, our District needs experienced leadership to take the voice of the people to Columbus,” said Antonio, “ Access to Excellent Education for all children, Fixing School Funding, Jobs Creation in green and sustainable technologies, and Innovative Economic Development to stimulate our local economies are the needs of our area that drive my decision to seek this office. I am humbled by the many calls I have received from people throughout the district, asking me to run for this position,”   Antonio further stated.

Antonio is also uniquely qualified and familiar with the entire district having spent her formative years in Jay Westbrook’s Ward 18 (part of HD 13) and another 18 years of community service, owning a home and raising daughters Ariel and Stacey with partner, Jean Kosmac in Lakewood (entirely represented in HD13).

The first in her family to graduate from college, Antonio holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxine Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Cleveland State University.  A former special education teacher, adjunct professor and non-profit administrator she has served in numerous capacities as an organizational consultant for non-profit and governmental organizations for over 20 years. Antonio currently administrates community planning in a five county region for HIV/AIDS programs.