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The two candidates in the Cleveland mayoral race met for their only debate today, with both men saying they have the vision to lead the city forward – and that their opponent has no plans at all.

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Cleveland Mayor, Councilman Advance to General Election

Sep 13, 2017

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson claimed the top spot in Tuesday’s primary. The three-term incumbent took 39 percent of the vote. He’ll face the number two vote-getter, Councilman Zack Reed, in November.

Jackson takes top spot
Jackson’s victory speech Tuesday night was characteristically brief: words of thanks to the campaign and a reminder that it’s not over yet.

“Now, to get four more years, we got two more months to go," Jackson said.

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Here are your headlines for Friday, September 1:

Marcia Fudge

Democratic Cleveland-area congresswoman Marcia Fudge endorsed Frank Jackson Tuesday for another term as mayor of Cleveland. The endorsement comes six weeks before a primary that includes nine candidates.

Fudge announced her support to a small group of Jackson’s supporters, and focused on the personal.

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Cleveland’s City Planning Commission heard presentations Friday on Mayor Frank Jackson’s neighborhood development plans.

The plans focused on development around several main streets: East 105th in the Glenville neighborhood, East 79th in the Kinsman area and the under-construction Opportunity Corridor road project. That corridor would arc through the southern portion of the east side, from I-490 to University Circle.

Planning director Freddy Collier and neighborhood development groups presented broad overviews of the plans.

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Eight candidates have filed petitions to challenge Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in the fall nonpartisan primary election. Here's a look at who met Thursday's filing deadline.

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The Cleveland mayor’s office says about 500 city workers would see their pay rise to a minimum of $15 an hour under a proposal by Mayor Frank Jackson. Labor groups gave their reaction to the raise.

The Service Employees International Union Local 1 represents janitors at the airport and city buildings. Some number of its members would see their pay go up, the union says. Exactly how many wasn’t clear.

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The City of Cleveland is going to the Ohio Supreme Court to see if it can legally accept a petition to for the question of public funding of the renovation of Quicken Loans Arena onto the ballot. 

Last month, the City Council clerk refused to accept petitions for a referendum challenging the ordinance, which calls for the city to contribute nearly $88 million to the project. The city claims that accepting the petition would unconstitutionally impair existing contracts.

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Mayor Frank Jackson and Cleveland police have announced that, over the coming weeks,  they’ll be rolling out new legislation aimed at improving the safety of motorized dirt bikes.

The proposal includes increasing penalties for illegal riding, prohibiting stunt riding, and avoiding chasing bikes with police cars. The city also plans to collaborate with dirt-bike advocates, often referred to as the Bike Life community, to increase outreach and education about the dangers and legality of the bikes, says Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.

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The City of Cleveland has announced the $25 million Neighborhood Transformation Initiative, designed to spur development in throughout the city.

The money is part of “Healthy Neighborhoods,” an initiative announced last week by Mayor Frank Jackson. He says the funds will spur development and bring in about $40 million in additional, private funds in areas like Hough and Fairfax on the east side, and Clark-Fulton on the west side.

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Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed says he’ll challenge Mayor Frank Jackson in this year’s election. For Ohio Public Radio,  WCPN's Nick Castele reports Reed is campaigning on safety and jobs.

Reed has served on City Council since 2001. He represents the southeast side of the city, and that’s where he announced his bid for mayor.

“We need someone in that office with fresh ideas, creative ideas, innovative ideas to transform these depressed wards into a platform and into a harbor which will launch new jobs and new economies for the people of the city of Cleveland.”

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For the past 10 months, a defendants in traffic cases received sentences higher than allowed under city code. 

In May of last year, the city did a routine update of its traffic codes. But during that process, the administration did not take an important step. Mayor Frank Jackson:

“We failed, meaning us, failed to send to council the second piece of legislation that should have been passed."

Cleveland Mayor Outlines 2017 Budget Proposal

Feb 21, 2017
Mayor Frank Jackson

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has laid out his plans for hiring workers and expanding services using the millions of dollars raised by the income tax increase approved by voters last November.

The mayor’s 2017 budget proposes more than $40 million in new spending on city departments. It adds 65 police patrol positions as well as about a dozen higher-ups. Jackson also wants to hire additional building and housing inspectors.


The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is hoping the  Federal Transit Administration will provide more time to find a solution to the Cleveland Public Square bus issue.

Zack Reed

Yesterday’s announcement that popular Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson will seek a fourth term hasn’t stopped Councilman Zack Reed from weighing a bid for the office. Reed says he will continue raising money and finding out if voters will support him. 

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Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson will run for reelection. After weighing the pros and cons of an unprecedented fourth term, he made the announcement last night at Cuyahoga County Community College.


Last month, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announced a new cabinet-level position focused on reducing youth violence. Last week, Duane Deskins was sworn-in as chief of the office of Prevention, Intervention and Opportunity for Youth and Young Adults.


The new Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, Michael O’Malley says rescinding the half-million-dollar agreement his predecessor had with Cleveland to buy police dash-cams was difficult. But he says his office could not function properly without that money.

Before leaving office, former Prosecutor Tim McGinty contributed the money from its trust-fund account to Cleveland. The money comes from forfeitures in criminal convictions. O’Malley says that left only $100,000 in the fund, which he says needs at least $350,000.

Cleveland school CEO Eric Gordon

In Cleveland, voters passed a renewal of a tax levy for the city’s schools.  The levy first passed in 2012 was used to help fund the Cleveland Plan for reforming the city’s schools.

The CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Eric Gordon, says the extension of the levy will allow the district to move on from what he called a period of disruption in the schools.

Mayor Frank Jackson

The presidential race was the main driver for about 500 people who showed up to vote early at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections yesterday . But local politicians were also there making a big push for their races and issues.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson is stumping for a hike in the city’s income tax from 2 to 2.5 percent.

Cleveland Transgender Bathroom Law Signed

Jul 22, 2016
Mayor Frank Jackson

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson signed legislation into law today giving transgender people the right to use restrooms or showers in places with public accommodations that fit their gender identity.

It changes the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance that gave private business owners the right to dictate which facilities transgender people could use.

Jackson says the new law is all about inclusion.