- September 26, 2021
- Posted by: Stratford Team
- Category: Business
CLEVELAND — Experience might help make Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley a good mayor. But it won’t help him become mayor.
It will take a whole lot more than all those years in elected office for Kelley to beat surging newcomer Justin Bibb in the city’s Nov. 2 mayoral election. As evidenced by Bibb’s first-place finish in the seven-candidate mayoral primary, the tiny minority of voters paying attention want change. And Bibb and his campaign team have shrewdly positioned the candidate as the shiny new object voters have been looking for.
To these voters, picking a candidate who knows his way around City Hall might just mean another four years of unsafe streets, more crumbling neighborhoods than thriving ones, and catastrophic student test scores.
Kelley’s “ready on day one” message probably helped him squeeze into the mayoral runoff, besting former Mayor Dennis Kucinich by about 1,000 votes. It might be a liability against Bibb, a…