Cleveland Mayoral Candidates Raise More Than $1 Million So Far This Year!

FEATURED PHOTO: COUNCILMAN BASHEER JONES D-WARD 7 IS THE FRONT RUNNER IN CAMPAIGN FUND RAISING

JUSTIN BIBB CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER OF URBANOVA IS THE SECOND RUNNER UP IN CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISING

IdeastreamPublicMedia.org, By Nick Castele, Posted August 2nd 2021

The Cleveland mayoral race is already a million-dollar campaign.

The seven candidates vying to replace Mayor Frank Jackson collectively raised almost $1.1 million over the first half of 2021, according to unaudited campaign finance disclosure reports filed Friday afternoon.

Ward 7 City Councilman Basheer Jones reported raising $362,748 over the last six months – the most in the field. Following him is Justin Bibb, who raised $241,621.

Council President Kevin Kelley brought in $212,816 over the reporting period. But Kelley, who raised a substantial sum last year, entered the month of July with the most money on hand: $537,137.  

CLEVELAND CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT KEVIN KELLY D-WARD 13 TAKE THIRD PLACE IN CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISING

Among Kelley’s contributors are Cleveland Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam, who each gave $5,000 – the maximum individual contribution allowed. Kelley also received contributions from several labor unions and political action committees, including $7,500 from the Cleveland firefighters’ union, $5,000 from the Medical Mutual of Ohio PAC and $5,000 from the law firm Kohrman, Jackson and Krantz.

Jones received contributions from donors in various states besides Ohio, including several in Georgia. Jones is a graduate of Morehouse College, the historically Black all-male school in Atlanta. He received $5,000 from Jason Lucarelli of Minute Men Staffing Services, as well as $5,000 each from restaurateurs Tony and Bobby George.

Bibb’s larger contributors include philanthropist and arts advocate Fred Bidwell and Marous Brothers Construction president Adelbert Marous, who each gave $5,000.  

Former Councilman Zack Reed raised $136,526.

State Sen. Sandra Williams raised $96,050.

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich raised $38,387.

Attorney Ross DiBello raised $5,662.

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