Portraits in Black History: Shontel Brown

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She was a former Warrensville Heights councilwoman and now she's the youngest African-American woman on the Cuyahoga County Council.

Today’s ‘Unsung Hero’ in honor of Black History Month is Shontel Brown.

She served on the Warrensville Heights City Council for three years. When she wanted to do more in her community, she ran for the district and won the election. Brown just began her first term in January and is eager to make a difference in people's lives.

"I think we are here to help people. That's our purpose in life and to be able to do it this way again is such a privilege and I think it's a great example to show not only my family but in the community of people that I serve," Brown said.

She is currently serving a four-year term.  Brown had 1,500 constituents in Warrensville Heights, but now she serves 110,000 people in Cuyahoga County's 9th district.

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