Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announces he will seek fourth term

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CLEVELAND-- Mayor Frank Jackson announced he will seek a fourth term as Cleveland's mayor.

The mayor held a news conference at the Jerry Sue Thornton Center on East 22nd Street Tuesday evening.

"I don't need the job as mayor. My ego is such that I don't need the position," Jackson told reporters. He also mentioned he would make the same amount of money if he retired as he does working as mayor.

He said he was struggling to make a decision whether to seek reelection so he made a list of pros and cons. Jackson said he only had one reason for running: his supporters.

"I could not, just for my own comfort, for my own security or my own peace of mind, just walk away from the issues that they face everyday," Jackson said.

He has held the office since 2006. If reelected, Jackson would become the longest-serving mayor in Cleveland history.

Earlier this month, Cleveland City Councilman Jeff Johnson entered the mayoral race. Fellow Councilman Zack Reed is also considering running for mayor. His decision is expected by April 15.