CLEVELAND — Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson is set to hold a ‘Tele-Town Hall’ this evening. The event is being described with words like “special,” “important,” and as something “you won’t want to miss” by his office.
Could Jackson potentially announce tonight whether or not he will be running for an unprecendented fifth term as Cleveland’s mayor?
The town hall comes as 13 other candidates are gearing up for a run at Jackson’s job. That list now includes Cleveland City Councilman Basheer Jones, who officially filed his petition to run on Thursday. Other candidates include Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley, State Sen. Sandra Williams, and former Cleveland councilman Zack Reed, who lost to Jackson in the 2017 mayoral election.
Up to this point, Jackson has not given any indication of what his intentions are. In late March, Norm Edwards, head of the Black Contractors Group, endorsed Jackson for a fifth term in an email sent to reporters and elected officials. He said he planned to start raising money for him soon.
Edwards told 3News’ Mark Naymik that Jackson informed him during an hour-long conversation that he is running. According to Edwards, the mayor said he wants to see more housing developed on the city’s East Side and finish other initiatives stalled by the pandemic.
You can catch full coverage of Mayor Jackson’s Tele-town hall in the player below: