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CLEVELAND -- Mayor Frank Jackson shared a political and personal relationship with political strategist Arnold Pinkney,

Pinkney died Monday at the age of 83 after a battle with leukemia.

Pinkney worked on Jackson's campaigns and the pitch to pass the school levy that is funding the Cleveland's Schools Transformation Plan.

Jackson issued the following statement:

"The life Arnold Pinkney reflects the time in which he lived. He was a champion for equality and an advocate for Cleveland's children. His work in politics, education and business was driven by a passion to improve our community. he was my adviser on the campaign trail ; but more importantly, he was a friend and a confidante. He will be missed."