CLEVELAND — Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has formally launched his bid for re-election.
During a rally at his campaign headquarters on Prospect Avenue, supporters gathered to hear the mayor describe what he called the positive results of strong financial planning, a resurgent environment for economic development, and the groundbreaking educational plan to transform Cleveland schools.
Jackson is Cleveland’s 56th mayor. From 1990 through 2005, Jackson represented Cleveland’s 5th Ward on Cleveland City Council. And, from 2002-2005, Jackson served as President of Cleveland City Council.
In January, 2006, Jackson began his tenure as Mayor of Cleveland and has served two terms.
Jackson will be challenged by businessman Ken Lanci in November. The 63-year-old Lanci previously ran for Cuyahoga County Executive and lost after spending approximately $1 million of his personal fortune.
Because just two candidates filed petitions, there will be no primary election. Jackson and Lanci are both Democrats.