Here's who is running to be Cleveland's next mayor

Cleveland voters will head to the polls in November to elect a new mayor.

Those trying to get to the city's top spot must first collect 3,000 signatures and return them to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections' office by June 29, according to BOE officials.

The top two candidates who earn enough votes in a September 12 primary will face off on Election Day on November 7, the BOE said.

WKYC will update this list as more candidates join and/or leave the race. We'll also be reaching out to each candidate to ask them the same Cleveland-centered questions.

Here's an alphabetical list of each candidate, along with photos from their social media accounts (where available) and some brief details:

James Jerome Bell

The 50-year-old resident of Woodstock Avenue has run the Bell Foundation for Social Change since August 2016. He told WKYC he's running "to restore the City of Cleveland as a crown jewel in the world."

Eric Jonathan Brewer 

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, now works as a business and government consultant. He said that he is circulating petitions.  

Brandon Chrostowski

"As I travel through the city, I see acres of unfulfilled promise," he told WKYC. "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!"

Barbara A. DeBerry

"I'm the people's candidate; I not only know of the ills of our community, I experience them everyday," the 62-year-old told WKYC. She said 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.

Frank Jackson

The current Cleveland mayor 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."

Jeff Johnson

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.

In January, 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.

Tony Madalone

The entrepreneur  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.

Zach Reed

The city's Ward 2 councilman announced his intent to run in April.  He's served 16 years on city council. 

Landry M. Simmons, Jr

The 47-year-old of Brooklawn Avenue is 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," he told WKYC. 

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.

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