Alan Rapoport: A Real Alternative to Shontel Brown

What Alan Rapoport Is For
That Shontel Brown Is Against

I will be competing in a primary election on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 for the endorsement of the Republican party. I am a former three term Mayor of Cleveland Heights, a lawyer with 47 years of experience, and I have visited 27 different foreign countries.  I have good qualifications to represent families, businesses, and local governments of District 11 on the national level.

If I am successful in this primary election, I will be eligible to compete against Shontel Brown in a general election on Tuesday, November 5, 2024.  At that time a voter of any party (or no party) will be able to vote for me.

Voters then will have a choice whether to vote for Shontel Brown or for me.

I was a very active Democrat for almost 40 years.  I even was a Presidential delegate for Jimmy Carter at the 1976 Democratic National Convention.  My party affiliation may have changed but my views have not.  It is the Democratic Party that changed.  It no longer resembles the party of my parents or the party of my youth.  It became “progressive.”  As such, it no longer welcomes moderates or conservatives.  This election will show whether voters in District 11 want to join me in refusing to embrace the “progressive” vision of Shontel Brown for our country.

I offer a different vision than Shontel Brown. My major concerns are:

  • The bad effect an irrational war against fossil fuel has had on inflation and interest rates
  • The destruction of police morale caused by a progressive “defund” movement
  • The invasion of our national borders by potential criminals and terrorists
  • The progressive culture wars against families and women in education and sports
  • The many interferences with our freedoms by the government and the administrative state
  • The existential threat from China as it engages in hostile activities
  • The wars caused in Ukraine and Israel by horrible foreign policies
  • The revived threat of nuclear war because of the badly flawed Iran Deal

Shontel Brown does not address most of these issues.  And even when she does address them, she offers poor explanations, no real answers, and potentially detrimental solutions.  Please visit my “Issues” page and learn why I reached that conclusion!

I will offer voters a choice.  They will come to know more about Shontel Brown, her “progressive” philosophy and her voting record.  It is a record that shows her not focused on what at the national level is really important.  It is a record that shows her not the best person voters can elect as their representative.

Here are but a few examples to prove why Shontel Brown does not deserve re-election as the representative of Ohio District 11 in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Alan Rapoport agrees with House Resolution 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, which would have increased oil and gas production to fight inflation.  Specifically, it would have increased domestic energy production, reformed the permitting process for all industries, streamlined energy infrastructure and exports, and boosted the production and processing of critical minerals.  It would have helped our country achieve energy independence.

Shontel Brown lacks common sense about the economy and she voted “no”.


Alan Rapoport agrees with House Congressional Resolution 40, which expressed support for local law enforcement officers and condemned efforts to defund or dismantle local law enforcement agencies.

Shontel Brown lacks common sense about how best to protect us against crime and she voted “no”.


Alan Rapoport agrees with House Resolution 2, the Secure the Border Act of 2023, which would have restarted construction of the border wall, deployed technology to the southern and northern borders, increased the number of Border Patrol agents, strengthened current law to protect unaccompanied children from human trafficking, ended catch and release, and streamlined the asylum process.  It would have been a good first step toward securing national borders against massive illegal invasions.

Shontel Brown lacks an understanding about real problems with border security and she voted “no”.


Alan Rapoport agrees with House Resolution 5, the Parents Bill of Rights Act, which would have ensured parents the right to know what is being taught, the right to be heard, the right to see the school budget and spending, the right to protect their child’s privacy, and the right to be updated on any violent activity at school.  It would have guaranteed rights for parents to know how their children are being educated.

Shontel Brown refuses to be supportive of family values and she voted “no”.


Alan Rapoport agrees with House Resolution 734, The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act, which would have clarified that a recipient of funding violates Title IX prohibitions against sex discrimination if it allows a person whose sex is male to participate in an athletic program or activity that is designated for women or girls.  It would have reaffirmed that under federal law, females have a legal right to be treated the same as males. 

Shontel Brown will not agree to protect privacy rights that women deserve and she voted “no”.


Alan Rapoport agrees with House Congressional Resolution 9, Denouncing the horrors of socialism, which outlined historical examples of the crimes and tragedies of socialism, and why such a system goes against the founding principles of our nation.  It specifically mentioned examples in the USSR, China, Cambodia, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela.  It denounced socialism in all its forms and opposed the implementation of socialist policies in the United States.  This resolution passed by a vote of 328 to 86 – which means most Democrats and Republicans supported it while “progressives” opposed it.

Shontel Brown lacked courage to vote either yes or no about evil.  She instead voted “present”.


Alan Rapoport agrees with House Resolution 140, The Protecting Speech from Government Interference Act, which would have prohibited federal agencies and officials from using their power to censor the speech of Americans protected by the First Amendment.  It also would have prohibited federal employees from coercing private companies to remove, block or add disclaimer language to lawful speech.  It would have recognized constitutional limits on the activities of the national government in its official capacities.

Shontel Brown does not oppose some clear violations of the U.S. Constitution and so she voted “no”.


We live in difficult and dangerous times.  This is the most crucial period of American history since the 1930s.  Our country faces serious crises from both within and without its borders.  Representatives in Congress must have courage and common sense.  And the voting record of Shontel Brown brings into question whether she offers enough of either. 

There is more to be learned about my stands on important issues.  Please “click” below and read my detailed position papers.  You should find them thought provoking and interesting.  There must be an honest and intelligent debate about our country and its future.  And so, if you disagree with my stands, please feel free to let me know why.  I try to keep an open mind and I am not afraid to change it when presented with a good argument.

This is a time to look ahead and use common sense.  The election will be about what is to come.  The choice of a representative is not a matter of party or faction.  Moderate and conservative Democrats, Republicans and Independents must unite and oppose a “progressive” agenda that will progress our country in the wrong direction.  I ask for your support in my effort to replace Shontel Brown as our congressional representative. No less than the future of our country is at stake.

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A Better Choice for Congress


Cleveland Heights High School
Elected to Alumni Hall Of Fame

Kenyon College
Magna Cum Laude and Highest Honors in History
Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Case Western Reserve School of Law
National Moot Court Team
Elected to The Order Of Barristers

47 years in the General Practice of Law
Representing Families and Businesses

Former Mayor of Cleveland Heights
As Council President Elected Unanimously by Democratic and Republican Members

Visitor to 27 Foreign Countries

Instructor, Ohio State Bar Association

Former Trustee of Forest Hill Church
Housing Corporation and Heights Arts

Former Vice Chair of Professional Ethics Committee of the Cuyahoga County Bar Association

Elect Alan Rapoport to the U.S. House of Representatives
for Ohio’s 11th District.