Democrat leader Madeline Cain dies at age 72

Former Democrat Mayor Madeline Cain died on Monday at the age of 72, according to Cain served the city as it’s first female mayor during her tenure from 1996-2003.

The city announced Cain’s death Monday on its website, saying, “She was a dedicated public servant whose career also included tenure as Lakewood’s Clerk of Council and representing our area during multiple terms in the Ohio House of Representatives.”

Current Mayor Meghan George said in a statement on the website:

“I was saddened today to hear about the passing of former Mayor Madeline Cain, the first woman to serve in the role for the city of Lakewood.

“I’ve known Madeline since I was a child, when she worked with my father on a number of local public issues and initiatives. I have many fond memories of Madeline and her kindness.

“In recent years, she would send supportive notes as I transitioned into public service myself. As a female leader, I felt a common bond with Madeline, who dedicated her career to serving the public here in Lakewood and also in the Ohio Statehouse. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones,”

In addition to serving as the town mayor, Cain also served as a member of the Lakewood City Council and served three terms as a state representative before resigning in 1995 when she was elected mayor.

The Ohio Statehouse website states that Cain was active in political and civic organizations, including the Lakewood Business and Professional Women, Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, Cudell Neighborhood Improvement Inc.

The former mayor also put her political weight behind the West Boulevard Neighborhood Association, Citizen’s League of Greater Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Women’s Political Caucus, Lakewood Democratic Club, City Club, Cuyahoga County Democratic party, and the Ohio Women’s Policy and Research Commission.