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Erin Sullivan Lally
Erin Lally has a distinguished public service career and is prepared to bring her skills, passion, and knowledge to Strongsville City Council. She has attended city council meetings for the past several years and will bring a fresh and unique perspective to provide the checks and balances that you, the taxpayers, deserve.
For the past nine years, Erin has served as the Assistant to the Mayor of the City of Parma Heights. In this capacity, she has provided traditional office assistance but has also expanded her leadership role as an organizer of creative endeavors. She has planned community events such as the Kids in the Commons, Big Creek Handmade Fest, Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, and Ohio Flags of Honor as well as small business events. Responsible for communications with residents, she publishes a city newsletter and manages the city’s social media. Solving problems and serving residents is two of her greatest strengths.
Erin has established strong working relationships with community partners such as the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland Metroparks, Cuyahoga Community College, ministerial associations, the Chamber of Commerce, Akron-Cleveland Association of Realtors, apartment management, Garden Club, Historical Society, and Art League.
Public Service Career
Erin gained valuable skills as an Ohio University student where she worked as an Administrative Resident Assistant and served in the Student Senate as the Student Activities Commissioner (Finance Chair). Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English, she began her public service journey working for OHIO PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) in Columbus as well as in Cleveland Heights. She also managed a Fund for Public Interest Research office in Santa Barbara, CA before returning to Cleveland.
Erin worked three years as an Assistant to a Cleveland City Councilman in her neighborhood of Old Brooklyn, obtaining valuable skills in constituent services. She then shifted positions becoming the Assistant to the Mayor of the City of Brook Park where she further sharpened her communication and citizen service skills as well as becoming learned in the art of negotiation. Three years later she became the Communications Director for Cleveland City Council, during which time there was a vacancy for the 18th house district Ohio House of Representatives seat.
In June, 1998, Erin was appointed to then vacant Ohio House of Representatives 18th District seat which included the City of Strongsville. She was then elected to the position in November, 1998 by a margin of 97 votes, which was the closest race in the State of Ohio that year. She was one of the first freshmen legislators to serve as a member of the finance committee and higher education subcommittee, proudly working to lower tuition at Ohio’s community colleges.
Re-elected to the statehouse in 2000, Erin was elected by her peers to serve in the leadership as Minority Whip. She was the ranking member of the house Health and Family Services committee which passed legislation requiring hospital hearing screenings for all newborn babies. Among her many accomplishments are awards for her work on election issues and fighting hunger.
During her first term in office, she married Francis X. Lally, Jr. (SHS Class of ’86) and, they bought their first home in the Hunting Meadows neighborhood of Strongsville. Fran was appointed to the Cleveland Fire Department. While she was still serving in the state legislature, Fran and Erin had their first two children, a son in 2001 and a daughter in 2002.
With conflicting residency requirements and a young family, Erin did not seek re-election to a third term in office, and the family moved to the West Park neighborhood in the City of Cleveland. While there, three more children joined the family (a daughter in 2003, son in 2005 and son in 2007), at which time Erin became a Stay-at-Home-Mom (SAHM). When their youngest child was in kindergarten, Erin went back to work part-time, until moving into the full-time position she holds today.
In 2010, the Lally clan moved back to Strongsville’s Deerfield Lake community, around the corner from Fran’s childhood home. They became members of St. John Neumann Church where Erin first joined the Mom & Tots group and later became active in youth ministry. Erin has continued volunteering in youth ministry programs in both the middle school EDGE and high school Life Teen programs. She was a volunteer soccer coach with the Strongsville Soccer League, an active parent with the Strongsville Football League, and Clerk of Course for the neighborhood swim team. She is a Friend of the Strongsville Library and member of the Strongsville Athletic Boosters, Instrumental Music Boosters, High School PTA and Middle School PTA.