Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed silences Call and Post Newspaper, other critics, wins primary election by landslide after third DUI and faces Marcus Henley in November general election, Councilmen Jeff Johnson and Eugene Miller to square off, Councilman Dow and Basheer Jones to compete, Councilwoman Mitchell faces John Boyd, Councilman Cummins faces Brian Kazy after Janet Garcia, who was endorsed by Ariel Castro captivity victim Gina DeJesus, comes in third place

Cleveland Ward 2
Councilman Zack Reed
By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief,  Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com, Ohio's No 1 and No 2 online Black newspapers (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com) and (www.clevelandurbannews.com). Reach us by phone at 216-659-0473 and by email at editor@clevelandurbannews.comKathy Wray Coleman is a former biology teacher and a 20-year investigative Black journalist who trained for some 15 years at the Call and Post Newspaper.

CLEVELAND, Ohio- In spite of a third DUI conviction that has landed him 10 days in jail later this month and his mug shot unceremoniously plastered on the cover of the Call and Post Newspaper, popular Cleveland Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed, 51, silenced his critics and won the nonpartisan primary by a landslide in Tuesday's election. He will face novice Marcus Henley, 26, in the November 5 general election.  (Editor's Note:Read the unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections for the nine Cleveland City Council primary election races on Sept. 10 at the end of this article. Eight Cleveland wards did not have primaries due to only two contenders in the races).

Reed said Tuesday that he will get treatment for his alcohol problem but will continue to "serve Ward 2."

There were primaries in nine of Cleveland's  17 wards in Tuesday's election and all incumbent councilpersons won,
at least to compete in November. 

The Cleveland mayor's race went without a primary too as the only two in that race are two-term Black Mayor Frank Jackson and millionaire businessman Ken Lanci, who is White, and who grew up in a housing project on the city's largely Black east side.

Reed got 904 votes and closest competitor Henley garnered 85 votes in the four- way race for Ward 2, unofficial results of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections reveal. 

Councilmen Jeff  Johnson and Eugene Miller will square off in November for Ward 10, a newly redistricted ward as the 19-seat city council will next year go to 17 seats pursuant to a voter adopted charter amendment. Johnson took about 55 percent of the vote to Miller's 39 percent, an upset by some political measures. Others in that four-way race were Teresa Floyd and Community Activist Donna Walker-Brown. 

Ward 7  will see incumbent T.J. Dow take on former local radio show host Basheer Jones after Stephanie Howse, whom Dow ousted four years ago after her appointment by city council to replace Fannie Lewis, could not overcome her third-place status throughout the election evening. Howse is a daughter of former state Rep. Annie Keys and  Dow is a former assistant county prosecutor. 

In another heated race, but on the city's majority White west side,
Ward 14 Councilman Brian Cummins, a member of the Green Party, and Brian Kazy, a former chief bailiff for ousted Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Lynn McLauglin-Murray, will compete against each other with Cummins coming in first in a close primary race. 

Janet Garcia, whom Ariel Castro captivity victim Gina DeJesus endorsed, came in a close third in the Ward 14 primary race.

Ward 6 Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell, who has stood with the Imperial Women activists group on fighting women's issues in greater Cleveland, will face social worker and precinct committeeman John Boyd. She told Cleveland Urban News.Com after yesterday's election that she is "pleased to serve the constituents in Ward 6 and looks forward  to their support in the general election."

Read below, the unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections from Tuesday evening relative to the Sept 10 primary for Cleveland Wards 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 13 and 14.

 Cleveland Council - Ward 2
          Vote for Not More Than  1
              (WITH 23 OF 23 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
           Marcus Henley .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        85    
           Stan T. Owens .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       22    
           Zack Reed  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       904   
           Rodney White  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        72    
              Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0
             Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         3

          Cleveland Council - Ward 3
          Vote for Not More Than  1
              (WITH 19 OF 19 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
           Joe Cimperman .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       640   
           Carrie J. Kurutz .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       239   
           Jeff Mixon .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       105   
              Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0
             Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         6

          Cleveland Council - Ward 4
          Vote for Not More Than  1
              (WITH 21 OF 21 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
           Ervin Dewitt Aniton .  .  .  .  .  .  .       130   
           Kenneth L. Johnson Sr  .  .  .  .  .  .       982   
           Sikiru Kafaru .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       103   
              Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0
             Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         7

          Cleveland Council - Ward 6
          Vote for Not More Than  1
              (WITH 21 OF 21 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
           John A. Boyd  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       236   
           Wanda J. Hill-Chestnut .  .  .  .  .  .       185   
           Mamie J. Mitchell.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       603   
              Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0
             Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         3

          Cleveland Council - Ward 7
          Vote for Not More Than  1
              (WITH 23 OF 23 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
           W. Lewis Britt.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        51  
           TJ Dow  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       792   
           Rhonda L. Hills  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        17    
           Stephanie Howse  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       342   
           Basheer Jones .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       441   
           Tony Perry .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        23    
              Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0
             Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         6

          Cleveland Council - Ward 9
          Vote for Not More Than  1
              (WITH 24 OF 24 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
           Kevin Conwell .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       903   
           Keith Hatten  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        46   
           Randy L. Willis  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        55    
              Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0
             Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         8

          Cleveland Council - Ward 10
          Vote for Not More Than  1
              (WITH 22 OF 22 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
           Teresa Floyd  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        53   
           Jeff Johnson  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       808   
           Eugene R. Miller .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       574   
           Donna M. Walker-Brown  .  .  .  .  .  .        35    
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         2     
              Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0
             Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         4

          Cleveland Council - Ward 13
          Vote for Not More Than  1
              (WITH 17 OF 17 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
           Joe Gigante.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       389   
           Kevin Kelley  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       819   
           Franklin J. Meslovich  .  .  .  .  .  .        51    
              Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0
             Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         3

          Cleveland Council - Ward 14
          Vote for Not More Than  1
              (WITH 16 OF 16 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
           Nelson Cintron Jr.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       192   
           Brian Cummins .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       321   
           Janet Garcia  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       248   
           Brian Kazy .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       267   
              Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1
             Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         3