Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Three terms and out for Frank Jackson? An early preview of the 2017 mayoral race in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Mayor Frank Jackson has clinched a third term.

Those close to him doubt he will seek an unprecedented fourth.

The thinking goes like this: Jackson will be 71 in 2017. He probably wouldn’t have run for re-election this year if not for his desire to see through his school transformation plan. So even before Tuesday, when Jackson claimed his anticipated victory over businessman Ken Lanci, Cleveland political watchers were buzzing about who his successor might be.

A wide-open race will draw interest from state lawmakers looking to move up, City Council members stuck in place for more a decade and outside-the-box business and civic leaders sniffing for the right political opportunity. So, who’s next?

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