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Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley announces bid for mayor

Kelley said he believes Cleveland's best days are ahead.

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published on March 31, 2021.

There’s another person joining the race to be Cleveland’s next mayor. Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley announced his mayoral campaign during a press conference Thursday on the steps of City Hall.

“I talked with residents in every ward across Cleveland,” Kelley said in a press release before the announcement. “They shared their concerns about safety, their desire for strong neighborhoods to call home and the need to have good-paying jobs. They care about Cleveland’s future. They believe, like I do, that Cleveland’s best days are ahead.”

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Kelley was first elected back in 2005 to represent Ward 13, which includes Old Brooklyn and part of the Stackyard neighborhood, according to his bio on city council’s site.

Although Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has not announced whether he’s seeking re-election, he received an endorsement last week from Norm Edwards, who is head of the Black Contractors Group.

Former Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed announced his mayoral campaign in late March. Justin Bibb, another candidate, launched his campaign back in January. Last December, 3News’ Mark Naymik reported that Dennis Kucinich, who served as mayor for the city of Cleveland back in the late ‘70s, had filed paperwork with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections that allows him to raise money for a potential mayoral bid.

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Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published on Nov. 24, 2020.