CLEVELAND -- Mayor Frank Jackson, running for an unprecedented fourth four-year term, took a big lead right away in the mayoral primary election Tuesday night.
Shortly after 10:30 p.m., Jackson gave his victory speech and thanked those who have supported him. He said there is still a lot of work to be done before the November general election. "Keep one thing in mind: This is about the future of Cleveland; about the future of the people in the city, and we intend to go into November at a high pace; we're going to escalate what we're doing."
Councilman Zack Reed, who was leading Councilman Jeff Johnson by more than 1,000 votes, at around 11 p.m., also declared victory. He thanked his supporters and his mom for never giving up on him. Reed said today shows that voters no longer want Jackson.
The top two candidates from the non-partisan primary face off on Nov. 7.