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Cleveland mayoral race: Dennis Kucinich, Basheer Jones file petitions for spot on primary ballot

The race to find Cleveland’s next mayor is heating up.

CLEVELAND — Dennis Kucinich and Basheer Jones are making it official. Both are filing petitions Wednesday to enter the Cleveland mayoral race.

Kucinich, who announced his campaign earlier this week, is attempting to win the office he formerly held more than four decades ago. 

His top priority, according to his campaign, “will be to lead the fight against the surges in crime and violence that have terrorized the city’s neighborhoods by re-allocating available federal and local dollars, including the city’s ‘rain day fund.'”

At 2 p.m. Wednesday, he’s expected to submit more than 5,000 signatures to qualify for the September primary ballot. The process requires at least 3,000 verified signatures to be included in the race.

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Jones, a Cleveland City Councilman, announced his mayoral bid in early May. His campaign said he filed his petition to join the ballot at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

“Effective leadership is crucial. It is the mayor that people will look to provide vision, inspiration, and love. I am the person who will provide a better Cleveland for all,” Jones said in a press release. “We are ONE Cleveland. I am an advocate of bridging the gap between the east and the west. The true pleasure I will receive out of being the City’s next mayor is that I will be everyone’s neighbor.”

His campaign said Jones turned in more than 6,500 signatures when filing his petition.

Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley filed his petition in the race Tuesday.

RELATED: Cleveland City Councilman Basheer Jones officially enters mayoral race

The following candidates have also announced their mayoral bids:

Last month, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson revealed that he would not be seeking re-election. He offered the following advice to his successor when talking with 3News’ Russ Mitchell: “Stay on your game. If you come into this game wanting to be mayor, or if you come into this game using the position of mayor as a stepping stone then you’re going to fail. If you come to the game with the intent to do right by the people and do right by the city, you’re not going to get all the credit and you’re going to get criticized a lot for that and many times by the very people you’re trying to help. Don’t come here looking for praise, come here to do the work. If you’re not willing to do the work and put the work in, then you’ve got the wrong job.”

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