|East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton |
and East Cleveland City Council President Dr. Joy Jordan
Polls open at 6:30 am, and close at 7:30 pm.
"It is going to be a dogfight to the very end between Gary and Joy," said Community Activist Al Porter, vice president of Black on Black Crime Inc."
With no Republican running for mayor the winner of the Democratic primary becomes mayor.
Both Norton and Jordan have allies.
Norton is backed by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, whose daddy is rich, some community clergy and police, and by the Call and Post Newspaper, among others. And Jordan, the daughter of dentist and community activist Dr. Eugene Jordan, enjoys support from a cadre of community activists, all sitting members of the five-seat city council, and Una H.R Keenon, a retired East Cleveland judge who is president of the East Cleveland Board of Education and of the Black Women's Political Action Committee of greater Cleveland.
Three council seats are up for grabs, but in November since in East Cleveland there is no primary for city council races per the municipal charter. The city of some 18,000 people was once a majority White affluent city with some homes dubbed "Millionaire's Row along its Euclid Ave, a segment of homes with 18 of the original of them left and which included a home owned by Standard Oil founder and billionaire John D. Rockefeller.This was before the Great Depression.
It is also the home of General Electric's Nela Park, the world's first industrial park, one that lights up at Christmas time as an international draw to the city.
Today's election in East Cleveland, simply put, is of one city, 18 precincts, and one mayoral election.