My Fellow Clevelanders:
I wanted to take a moment to thank the people of Cleveland for their support over the past four years. During my first term in office, I have worked hard to improve the quality of life throughout our City. I have fought to make Cleveland’s streets safer, our schools better, and to prepare our City and our citizens for the jobs of the future. We have had many successes, but much work remains. On November 3rd, the voters of this City honored me with another opportunity to lead our City, and to continue to build on the foundation built since 2005. For that, I thank them, and commit that over the next four years, I will continue to move Cleveland toward becoming the city that every other city aspires to be.
I would also like to personally thank all who volunteered and worked on my campaign. Thank you for believing in my agenda for this City, and thank you for working so hard to help me continue my fight on behalf of Cleveland and its people. The support of voters in this past election confirms not only that we, as a City, are progressing towards the Cleveland we all believe can exist, but that all of your hard work was justified.
While the election results are an opportunity to reflect on all that has been accomplished, they are also a call to look to the future, to continue to search for new ways to do things better, to identify bold and innovative strategies for the challenges of today and tomorrow. I am ready to face these challenges, and together we will make Cleveland a Great City.
Thank you for your support.
Frank G. Jackson
“I have been privileged to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Cleveland for the past four years. I would like to continue the projects we as a community have started. I will always put the citizen’s concerns first as I serve as Mayor. I look forward to the campaign.”
a proven leader, captures the major endorsements for re-election
A who’s who of Cleveland and Cuyahoga leaders and organizations have endorsed Mayor Frank G. Jackson for re-election. They range from nearly all Cleveland’s local, state and federal officeholders to its major labor and political organizations.
Heading the list of public officials are Cleveland’s two congressional representatives, Dennis J. Kucinich, D-10, and Marcia Fudge, D-11.
”Frank Jackson has worked hard to improve city services in hard times,” said Kucinich. “He has increased the number of police officers on the streets, making our city safer. “
Fudge similarly praised the mayor’s achievements in a tough economy, and added: “Mayor Jackson remains committed to improving the quality of life in all of Cleveland’s neighborhoods, and that’s why I ask voters to join me in supporting Mayor Jackson for re-election.”
Jackson’s widespread support was shown by the variety of endorsements that include large, politically important organizations such as the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party and the North Shore AFL-CIO. Smaller, significant groups that favor Jackson include the Cuyahoga County Young Democrats, Cleveland Stonewall Democrats and CAMEO (Cleveland American Middle East Organization), and a variety of union locals that include the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 8, and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 93.
Topping the list of general endorsements was The Plain Dealer, which glowingly praised Jackson for keeping the city’s budget balanced and taking on visionary efforts such as his summit on sustainability:
“We endorse Mayor Jackson's re-election not simply because he has been a surprisingly solid administrator …. Against a backdrop of almost constant economic stress, Jackson has understood that no big bets will succeed if the city doesn't take care of everyday needs.”
Jackson, Cleveland’s 56th mayor, is finishing his first four-year term as he campaigns for re-election. Since taking office, Jackson has maintained a balanced budget without layoffs or service cuts, reduced operating costs and increased strategic investment in Cleveland neighborhoods. He has positioned the city to weather the national economic downturn.
Jackson’s most major endorsement was from the voters of Cleveland in the September 8 primary. He received 72% of the vote in a five-person field.
The following individuals and organizations have endorsed Jackson for re-election:
Cuyahoga County Democratic Party
The Plain Dealer
Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-11
Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, D-10
Ohio Sen. Dale Miller, D-23
Ohio Sen. Shirley Smith, D-21
Ohio Sen. Nina Turner, D-25
Ohio House Speaker Armond Budish, D-8
Ohio Rep. Robin Belcher, D-10
Ohio Rep. Michael DeBose, D-12
Ohio Rep. Mike Foley. D-14
Ohio Rep. Sandra Williams, D-11
Councilman Terrell H. Pruitt
Councilman Nathaniel K. Wilkes
Councilman Zachary Reed
Councilman Kenneth L. Johnson
Councilman Phyllis E. Cleveland
Councilman Mamie J. Mitchell
Councilman T.J. Dow
Councilman Shari L. Cloud
Councilman Kevin Conwell
Councilman Eugene R. Miller
Councilman Michael D. Polensek
Councilman Anthony Brancatelli
Councilman Joe Cimperman
Councilman Joseph Santiago
Councilman Kevin J. Kelley
Councilman Matthew Zone
Councilman Jay Westbrook
Councilman Dona Brady
Council President Martin J. Sweeney
Councilman Martin J. Keane
North Shore AFL-CIO
ILA Local 1317
Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 8
International Association of Fire Fighters Local 93
Municipal Foremen and Laborers’ Union No. 1099
Cleveland Teachers Union
Black Women’s Political Action Committee
Cuyahoga County Young Democrats
Cleveland Stonewall Democrats