CLEVELAND -- Cleveland's mayoral race has become quite crowded.
In this non-partisan race, those who wish to be on the primary ballot must collect 3,000 signatures and return them to the BOE by 4 p.m. June 29, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. The top two vote-getters in the Sept. 12 primary will face off on Election Day Tuesday Nov. 7, the BOE stated.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announced his intention to run for an unprecedented fourth term Jan. 31 at the Jerry Sue Thornton Center. "The decision was made over the last day or two," Jackson said at his press conference. "The people showed up and them being here really helped me to make the decision I made."
Also running is Cleveland City Councilman Jeff Johnson, who made the announcement outside the BOE headquarters on Jan. 17. Johnson, who represents Cleveland's 10th Ward, has been a councilman since 2009. He has also served in the Ohio Senate and as a Special Assistant and Director of Community Relations for then-Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell from 2002-2006.
At the BOE that day, Johnson said it is time to change the direction of the city. He said he plans to visit all 40 neighborhoods and assess the needs of each. He said different neighborhoods have different needs. According to the BOE, Johnson turned in his petitions March 23.
Councilman Zack Reed announced his intent to run in April. Reed, the city's Ward 2 councilman, has served 16 years on city council.
Back in mid-February, former East Cleveland Mayor Eric Jonathan Brewer confirmed to WKYC that he is running for mayor of Cleveland. Brewer, 63, of Cleveland, who was East Cleveland's Mayor 2006-2009 and now works as a consultant, said that he is circulating petitions. He consults for business and government.
He said his campaign announcement was posted on his Facebook page.
WKYC asked the candidates listed in the BOE's website for information on themselves and their campaign. The following responded to WKYC. Here are their responses:
- Brandon Chrostowski, 37, CEO of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute says he is running for mayor.
"As I travel through the city, I see acres of unfulfilled promise," he said. "I see the potential of our exuberant youth and the wisdom of citizens who have remained loyal to the idea of what Cleveland could be. I see businesses fighting to hang on and serve communities that have supported them for generations."
" I also see a broad disconnect between what our citizens need and the policies enacted to provide it. I see clearly, as do many others, that it is now time for a change and have a plan to make it happen!"
- James Jerome Bell, 50, of Woodstock Avenue has run the Bell Foundation for Social Change since August 2016. He's running "to restore the City of Cleveland as a crown jewel in the world."
- Barbara A. DeBerry, 62, said, "I'm the people's candidate; I not only know of the ills of our community, I experience them everyday."
She says she is unemployed but works during election cycles through the Republican National Committee, the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County and the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
- Ja'Ovvoni Garrison, 27, lives on Fleet Avenue and works at Touch Supper Club. He says he is a former community organizer for Slavic Village Development and Stockyard Clark-Fulton and Brooklyn Centre Community Development Organization.He is the current program coordinator and the former board president of Public Square Group.
- Landry M. Simmons Jr., 47, of Brooklawn Avenue, is currently a law enforcement official of 25 years. "I am running for Mayor Of Cleveland to make our society safer, create a stronger economy and have smarter schools."
"These are the main ingredients to a city the way it use(d) to be."
- Local entrepreneur Tony Madalone announced his intent to run via Facebook May 24. Madalone, 32, is a Lorain native and the founder of Cleveland's Fresh Brewed Tees company.
According to the BOE. other candidates who pulled petitions but did not respond to a request for comment by WKYC include: Renee Sanders, of W. 20th Street; Brian S. Costa of E. 72nd Street; Ricky L. Pittman of Cleveland; and Robert Owns, of Bluebird Oval in Oakwood Village; Kevin Cronin; Marcus Henley; Robert M. Kilo; Camry Kincaid; and Flint J. Williams Jr.