The general election to decide who will lead Cleveland is underway. While voters all have to make a decision, many said they did not entirely trust the candidate they chose.
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In a city where 60% of households are renters, many Clevelanders face uncertain futures. Tenants who are a day late with the rent can receive an eviction notice, and landlords can refuse to rent to tenants who choose to pay with a housing voucher. A coalition of housing advocates and area organizations is asking Cleveland mayoral candidates Justin Bibb and Kevin Kelley to support renter protection legislation to address these issues.
City Council President Kevin Kelley has represented Old Brooklyn for 16 years. He gave up his seat in favor of a mayoral bid, and now two candidates hailing from the nonprofit sector, Kate Warren and Kris Harsh, seek to take his spot. While their experience seems similar, Harsh emphasizes hands-on, hyperlocal solutions while Warren focuses on legislative change that could bring Old Brooklyn up along with the rest of Cleveland.
When the nonprofits Assembly for the Arts and CAN Journal asked mayoral candidates in the primary if they would champion the arts at city hall, the response was unanimous: let’s do this thing. Now, the groups are pushing to make the arts a top issue in the Nov. 2 general election and hold the next mayor accountable for putting plans into action.
With Cleveland’s general elections approaching fast, organizations across the city have steadily announced mayoral forums probing candidates Kevin Kelley and Justin Bibb on a litany of Cleveland issues. In response to the flurry of these forums and other election-related events, The Land will regularly compile and update a list of events as we hear of them.