A tireless federal lawmaker and likely the most prominent Black elected official in Ohio, Fudge said that Keenon, who faces three candidates for the Sept. 12 Democratic primary, all of them men, is the best person for the job.
"Judge Keenon, whom I have known since law school, was called to be a public servant," said Fudge, whose largely Black 11th congressional district includes Cleveland and East Cleveland.
Keenon told ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper and Black blog, that she believes she is the best candidate and that she has "proven experience and proven leadership."
|Charles E. Bibb Sr.|
"It was a great opportunity to introduce Congresswoman Fudge, one of the most influential lawmaker's in congress who last year chaired the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia," said Bibb. "The congresswoman's endorsement is a great accomplishment for Una Keenon in her bid for East Cleveland mayor."
Currently president of the East Cleveland Board of Education, Keenon, a 31-year-resident of the city, is a retired city judge and a former social worker and prior Cleveland schools teacher.
If Keenon wins the primary over Democratic candidates Mansell Baker, Dana Hawkins Jr. and mayor Brandon King, who, per the city charter, was elevated to mayor from city council after voters last year recalled then mayor Gary Norton, she will face activist Devin Branch, a Green Party candidate with no opposition, in the Nov. 7 general election.
On Tuesday, Keenon outlined a 10-point plan to improve the city, which has roughly 18, 000 residents and a median household income of some $20,000, and is on the verge of bankruptcy.
Among a host of initiatives, Keenon's plan for recovery of the Black city, addresses jobs, crime and safety, and housing and economic development.
Also a founding member of the Black Women's PAC and currently its vice president, Keenon has also been endorsed by the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, and state Rep. John Barnes Jr. (D-12), among others.