by Frank Lewis
Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jim Rokakis says he will not seek the new county executive position next fall.
Rokakis' proclamation came as he announced a six-month moratorium on foreclosures for delinquent property taxes, according to PD scribe Henry Gomez. The moratorium is expected to give relief to about 1,700 owners already in the foreclosure process. Those owners will be expected to pay their taxes after the moratorium ends, as well as interest and penalties.
Rokakis has been lauded for his work in bringing attention to Greater Cleveland's foreclosure disaster. The longtime treasurer and former Cleveland councilman was viewed as a viable candidate for the new county top spot created by the passage of Issue 6.
Rokakis didn't say why he wasn't seeking the new county office and playfully asked his two adult daughters to confirm his decision. — Damian Guevara