With voter turnout down as low as 13 percent in some Cleveland wards, Bibb is vying to vault over the hurdles of the pandemic while also stoking participation where it’s been declining for years. His tactic, even at COVID-19’s close, seems to be old-fashioned retail politics: Show up (masked) where voters are at. Win them with a handshake and a smile. Repeat until the September primary.
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In 2013, state lawmakers clearly targeted Linndale – Northeast Ohio’s most notorious speed-trap – when they abolished mayor’s courts in municipalities with populations under 200. Linndale is not an affluent community. Nearly half the residents live below the poverty line and the median income is just over $30,000.