Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Election 2009: Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson wins 2nd term, Jeffrey Johnson face returns to City Council

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Mayor Frank Jackson, who won re-election by a wide margin Tuesday, made his bid for a second term look easy. 

The hard work will come in the weeks and months ahead.

For starters, Jackson will test the political capital he won from his landslide victory as he deals with what is projected to be a huge 2010 budget gap. Whatever capital he has left after completing that urgent task will help determine the course of Cleveland’s next four years.
With all precincts reporting late Tuesday, unofficial returns from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections showed Jackson with 77 percent of the vote. Long-shot challenger Bill Patmon, a former city councilman who struggled to raise money or interest, had 22 percent.

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Meanwhile, in one of the highest-voltage battles in Cleveland elections Tuesday, a former state senator convicted of a federal extortion charge a decade ago won a seat on City Council.

Unofficial final results showed Jeffrey Johnson garnering 55 percent of the Ward 8 vote to defeat Councilwoman Shari Cloud, who was appointed to the seat in May after the surprise resignation of Sabra Pierce Scott.

Johnson will be the only new face on council -- and his face isn't completely new. He previously served as a councilman. Read that full story, written with Gabriel Baird, here.