Alan Rapoport: A Real Alternative to Shontel Brown

What Alan Rapoport Is For
That Shontel Brown Is Against

I was an active member of the Democratic Party for more than 40 years.  I 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.  Over time, it became “progressive.”  It no longer welcomed moderates or conservatives.  I did not leave the party.  It left me and many others.  And so, I now oppose Shontel Brown and the “progressive” agenda she favors which is “progressing” our country in all the wrong ways.

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 much better qualifications than Shontel Brown to represent families, businesses, and local governments of District 11 on the national level.  I will be the better choice in November.

I now have won a Republican primary election.  But to win in November, I next must earn the additional support of traditional Democrats and Independents.  Together, we should unite against our common political opponent, which is the Progressive Left.  My hope is that voters will put aside any prejudices about political parties and consider candidate merits. This election will show whether voters in District 11 will join in refusing to embrace the “progressive” vision of Shontel Brown.

Voters will have a real choice between Shontel Brown and me.  This is because I offer a different vision than her. 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 adequately address these issues.  Some she ignores completely.  She offers poor explanations of others, no real answers, and potentially detrimental solutions.  Please visit my “Issues” page and learn how I reached that conclusion!

I will offer voters much information about Shontel Brown they deserve to know.  They will learn about her “progressive” philosophy as demonstrated by her voting record.  This record that shows her not focused on what is really important.  It shows her not to be the best person voters can elect as their representative.

Here are a few examples to show why Shontel Brown does not deserve re-election:


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 an understanding about the failure of Bidonomics as a “progressive” economic theory, and so 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 to protect us against crime, and drugs, and the effects of homelessness and so 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 appreciation about problems with an open border and with a massive invasion by potential criminals and terrorists, and so 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 so 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 prefers to pander about issues of gender to the detriment of the majority of women, and so 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 lacks courage to part company with her “progressive” friends, and she refused to vote to condemn evil in the world.  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 would not oppose clear violations of the U.S. Constitution by a federal government that regularly infringes upon freedom of speech, 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.  Economic insecurity, invasions, and wars are all around us.  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 you can learn about my stands on important issues.  Please “click” below and read my detailed position papers.  There must be an honest and intelligent debate about our country and its future.  I challenge Shontel Brown to debate with me, although I am skeptical that she will agree to do so.  If you disagree with my stands, please 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 for common sense.  And it is time to put behind us the chaos and pain of the past several years.  The coming November election should be about finding our way into the future.  It should be about how we can work together to make our country a better place.  The choice of a representative in Congress should not be a matter of party or faction.  Because I am the better choice, I ask for your support in my effort to replace Shontel Brown. Your choice will be between hope and more hurt.  And 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.