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Frank Jackson kicks off re-election campaign

Frank Jackson kicks off re-election campaign

(Cleveland) - Mayor Frank Jackson kicked off his campaign for a third term in office. A rally was held at the mayor’s campaign headquarters on Prospect Avenue. Attending were many members of Cleveland City Council, state lawmakers, local clergymen, and community leaders.

Jackson told Newsradio WTAM 1100 there is a lot he wants to accomplish in his next term, and that many of the reforms and programs he has started need to be completed.

Jackson explained to supporters that he's "one of them", he lives in the Central Avenue area where his family grew up, and that he has never forgotten his roots.

The former city council member who was first elected in 2005 has been praised for trying to turn around the Cleveland's schools.

However, standing in the bank of the room was Democratic rival Ken Lanci. The Cleveland businessman says he was surprised Jackson claimed to be a simple man, when he makes $135,000 a year in a city with a 35% poverty rate.

Lanci told Newsradio WTAM 1100 he wanted to meet and greet Jackson's supporters because he expects to be serving them as mayor.

Lanci criticized Jackson for the district's low grades on the state's education report card. He runs a printing business in the city.

Both candidates are Democrats. Normally, a nonpartisan primary trims the field to two candidates, but they are the only ones running and will face off on the November ballot.

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(Photos by WTAM's Ken Robinson)
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