Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson, the longest-serving mayor in Cleveland history, announced Thursday, May 6th he would not seek a fifth term in office.
Mayor Jackson, affiliated with the Democratic party, has served the city of Cleveland as mayor since 2006. His involvement in city government has lasted more than three decades, a seat on City Council in 1989. And after an almost 16-year career, he is hanging up the mayoral towel. This announcement has made the upcoming primary election cycle an open season for the mayor's office.
During Thursday's town hall meeting, Jackson said, "I’m honored to hold the office of mayor, but I’m here to share with you today that I’ve decided not to seek re-election for a fifth term. I’ve led the city of Cleveland as your mayor for almost 16 years. For 16 years I have worked to stabilize this city, position this city for the future, and to ensure all can participate in the prosperity and the quality of life we’ve created."