‘Our plan is to keep the entire city safe’: Mayor Jackson discusses preparedness for presidential debate in Cleveland


CLEVELAND (WJW) – Cleveland has the honor of hosting the first presidential debate of 2020.

The debate will be held Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Case Western Reserve University.

Mayor Frank Jackson held a press conference Monday afternoon about the city’s preparedness for the event.

He was joined by the city’s Public Safety Director, Police Chief Calvin Williams, and the FBI, Secret Service, and Ohio National Guard.

At this time, Mayor Jackson said there are no plans to initiate a citywide curfew for after the debate.

“Our plan is to keep the entire city safe … Cleveland has been a peaceful place as of late,” Jackson said. “And let’s keep it that way.”

The City asked Governor Mike DeWine for National Guard assistance for the debate.

A parking ban near the campus went into effect today.

Road closures have been in place for a week.

The FOX 8 I-Team spoke to several people living near the debate stage and they say they welcome any protesters that may come to the area, but they are hoping everything stays peaceful.  

Many want to make sure the city has a plan to keep the area safe.   

A protest in May in downtown Cleveland turned violent causing millions of dollars in damage to downtown businesses. 

FOX 8 and FOX8.com will carry the debate live. It starts at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

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