Jackson Defeats Reed, Remains Cleveland’s Mayor

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Cleveland’s incumbent mayor took 59 percent of the vote to win an unprecedented fourth term in office.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

According to official results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Frank Jackson, who was endorsed by the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council, received 36,196 votes compared to challenger Zachary Reed, who received 24,605 votes.

“This was a major victory for both the City of Cleveland and the Building Trades,” said Cleveland Building and Construction Trade Council Business Manager and Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski. “We were proud to play a role in it.”

During the past term, Cleveland has been in the midst of a major building boom and the affiliated members of the Cleveland Building Trades have played an integral role in reshaping the city. Jackson has shown a commitment to using the Cleveland Building Trades on many projects. He was a major proponent in the push to renovate Quicken Loans Arena.

In addition to supporting policies such as Prevailing Wage, the apprenticeship model and residency requirements on publically funded construction projects, he is also against So-Called “Right to Work” legislation.

“We have worked hard over the last five years to build a relationship with the Mayor by educating him on who we are and what we do,” said Wondolowski. “We have hosted him at training centers and we have had countless discussions. Had he not won this election we would have been starting from scratch.”

The win was historic for Jackson, who in December will tie former Mayor Michael R. White as the longest serving mayor in Cleveland history. Upon beginning his fourth term in January, Jackson will become the first mayor to serve four terms.

Besides Jackson, a number of other local candidates endorsed by the CBCTC and one issue supported by the CBCTC were also successful at the polls. Endorsed winners include:

Brian J. Melling
Bedford Municipal Court Judge (term commencing 1/1/18)

Jack Petsche
City of Brecksville
City Council At-Large

Fred Pedersen
Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District
Board of Education Member

Mary L. Balbier
City of Brooklyn
City Council At-Large

Brian Poindexter
City of Brookpark
Council At-Large

Michael Procuk
City of Brooklyn Heights

Kerry McCormack
City of Cleveland
City Council Ward 3

Phyllis E. Cleveland
City Council Ward 5

Blaine A. Griffin
City Council Ward 6

Anthony T. Hairston
City Council Ward 10

Dona Brady
City Council Ward 11

Anthony Brancatelli
City Council Ward 12

Kevin Kelley
City Council, Ward 13

 Brian Kazy
City Council Ward 16

Martin J. Keane
City Council Ward 17

Ann Clare Oakar
Cleveland Municipal Court Judge (term ending 1/2/18)

Ronald J.H. O’Leary
Cleveland Municipal Court Housing Division Judge (term ending 1/1/20)

Patrick J. Gallagher
Euclid Municipal Court Judge (term commencing 1/1/18)

Joe Lamalfa
City of Garfield Heights
City Council Ward 2

Tom Bullock
City of Lakewood
Council At-Large

Mary Ellen Hemann
City of North Olmstead
City Council Ward 4

Daniel R. Langshaw
City of North Royalton
City Council Ward 3

James Graven
City of Olmsted Falls

Annette Danczak
City of Parma Heights
City Council Ward 2

Amanda M. Karpus
John Schweitzer
Steven Vaughn
Parma City School District
Board of Education Member

Edward Kraus
City of Solon

Michael P. Maloney
City of Westlake
Law Director

John Plecnik
City of Willoughby Hills
Council At-Large

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