CLEVELAND - Current Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty was not endorsed by the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party ward leaders on Saturday.
Instead, they recommended to endorse Michael O'Malley, according to a spokesperson for the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party.
The ward leaders will now make a non-binding recommendation that will be voted on by the executive committee on December 17.
Out of the ward leaders, 24 voted in favor of O'Malley and 13 voted in favor of McGinty, while 8 abstained from voting.
McGinty has been criticized by some for how he has handled high-profile cases, including Tamir Rice's case. Rice's family has requested a special prosecutor because they feel McGinty is not working hard enough to secure an indictment in the case.
“It now appears that the grand jury presentation will be nothing short of a charade aimed at whitewashing this police killing of a 12-year-old child,” family attorney Johnathan Abady wrote in his letter to McGinty in October.
Tamir Rice was shot by Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann on Nov. 22, 2014, in the playground area of the Cudell Recreation Center.
Police went to the area, after a 911 caller reported a male in the area waving a gun. Police say they ordered Tamir three times to put his hands in the air, but instead he reached for his waistband. He was shot.
Tamir had an airsoft pistol that police say looked like a real gun.