|Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson|
By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper and Newspaper Blog. Tel: 216-659-0473. Email: email@example.com. Coleman is a 23-year political, legal and investigative journalist who trained for 17 years, and under five different editors, at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio
And Ohio remains a pivotal state as the presidential election nears.
That new president, whether he or she is Republican or Democrat, will succeed Barack Obama, a Democrat and the first Black president of the United States of America.
Jackson will surely play a key role in the presidential election and certainly if Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump, who leads the crowded field of candidates seeking the Republican nomination for president, face off in November.
Clinton will square off in Ohio against Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders for the March 15 Democratic primary, which is around the corner.
In 2008 it was Obama that Clinton took on, winning the Ohio primary but ultimately losing the Democratic nomination for president to the then junior U.S. senator representing Illinois.
Turner, Patmon, Reed and Johnson, and the mayor himself, are Democrats.
Councilmen Reed and Johnson are not afraid to take on the mayor and were rebuffed in pushing a proposed ordinance to fund more police on the streets, an effort the mayor says will move forward on his terms.
The mayor's foes also say that it is time for a change in leadership as Cleveland remains on the national map for controversial police killings including that of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, a Black kid shot and killed instantly by police in November 2014 while toting a toy gun at a public park and recreation center on the city's west side.
The mayor's supporters say he is a good all-around mayor, and has put Cleveland on the map in a favorable manner, and that a Black should lead the largely Black city, if at all possible.