|Former East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton, whom voters, on Tuesday, recalled along with city council president Thomas Wheeler|
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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio -According to East Cleveland Police Chief Michael Cardilli and public records, a vandal shattered the City Hall office windows of former Mayor Gary Norton a day before he and city council president Thomas Wheeler were ousted from office in a close recall election.
Norton, on Tuesday, lost the opportunity to keep his job by 20 votes, 548-528, and Wheeler by 18 votes, 229-211, unofficial results of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections reveal.
Per the city charter, council vice president Brandon King will now assume the helm as mayor pending a subsequent election.
In addition to vandalizing Norton's office, the windows were also shattered in the office of his secretary, a police report says.
Police say they have no suspects,
East Cleveland is a 99 percent Black and impoverished suburb of Cleveland and has a population of roughly 18,000 people.
The ousters of Norton and Wheeler came as they were pushing a controversial merger with Cleveland.
Those who pushed the recall, including Councilman Nate Martin, East Cleveland Board of Education President Una HR Keenon, residents and community activists Richard Fambro, Gerald Strothers, Ernie Smith and Devin Branch, and Bright Star Missionary Baptist Church Senior Pastor the Rev Dr. David L. Hunter, are primarily against the merger.
Some others are against it too, such as Councilwoman Barbara Thomas, who told Cleveland Urban News.Com that while she did not push the recall of Norton and Wheeler she is against a merger that she says is "not a good fix."
Norton, Wheeler, new mayor Brandon King and East Cleveland City Council are all Democrats.