Early voters in need of rides to the polls are in luck. Two local nonprofits are offering transportation for early voters. Cleveland Votes has rides available now through Nov. 2, and VoterDrive will have rides available from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2.
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Civic engagement and voter turnout throughout Cleveland’s wards have been a mixed bag going into the primary election. Mail ballot requests and returns have generally increased citywide from where they lagged in 2017. And some progressive newcomers say their grassroots campaigns have seen on-the-ground interest in city council elections, but some of their incumbent counterparts remain wary.
Sen. Sandra Williams, who could be the first Black woman to serve as Cleveland’s mayor, said two prominent Cleveland businessmen have offered her cash and political favors to step out of the race. She’s faced questions about her ability to lead based on her gender. But banking on her state-level colleagues and legislative track record, she will see the mayoral race through to the end.
In the multifaceted race to replace Cleveland’s status-quo mayor Frank Jackson, there may be no other candidate as passionate as Basheer Jones. The second youngest candidate after 34-year-old Justin Bibb, Jones has garnered a dedicated base of the majority Black Ward 7 with fervent religiosity and a youthful ambition. Such energy has spurred numerous development badges just as it has doubts from his critics.