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Tel: 216-659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com and advertising@clevelandurbannews.com. Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher and editor. A 24-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio, Kathy Wray Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some  four million views.

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(Editor's note: Kathy Wray Coleman (second from right next to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at far right) has received the President Obama 2016 community service award, which was handed to her by 9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at Kaptur's Cleveland District office). Standing with Coleman are Renata Jakupka (third from left), who recommended that Coleman receive the award, and community activists Frances Caldwell, David Patterson, Marva Patterson, Ada Averyhart, and Genevieve Mitchell).

 

Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson cleared to run for mayor by board of elections after special prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh issues legal assessment to the elections board in Johnson's favor.....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of www.clevelandurbannews.com

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Pictured are Cleveland Ward 10 councilman and mayoral candidate Jeff Johnson, who is Black, Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Belvan Walsh, and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley (wearing grey suit) )

 

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- Cleveland Ward 10 Councilman Jeff Johnson was cleared to continue his bid for mayor after Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh, acting as a special prosecutor in place of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley, this week issued a legal assessment in Johnson's favor relative to a complaint pending with the county board of elections.


The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, upon Walsh's recommendation, on Tuesday voted unanimously to reject the challenge brought by Ed Davila, a suspended and former Stark County attorney.


Neighboring Summit County includes the city of Akron, the native home of Cleveland Cavaliers power forward and NBA megastar LeBron James.


Johnson seeks to unseat incumbent three-term Mayor Frank Jackson in this year's election and is among a crowded field of possible mayoral candidates, which also include state Rep Bill Patmon, Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed, and  former East Cleveland mayor Eric Brewer, all of whom are Black like Jackson.


The city's non-partisan primary for city council, all 17 seats of which are up for grabs, and the race for mayor are September 12  with a June 29 deadline for filing legitimate petitions to get on the ballot.


Walsh said in her written legal assessment that state law permits common pleas judges to expunge certain state and federal convictions, including felony convictions for extortion, for which Johnson was convicted of some two decades ago, his record subsequently wiped clean by a common pleas judge in Cuyahoga County.


The board of elections challenge said in part that the board of elections should usurp state law and brand extortion as bribery, a felony conviction not eligible to be expunged under state law in Ohio.

And Walsh, who stepped in for O'Malley after O'Malley said he had a conflict of interest, said that in her legal assessment that the board of elections had no such authority, and that it is clear that Johnson was convicted of extortion, not bribery.


A former Akron assistant city prosecutor, Walsh is a Democrat like Johnson, and a no-nonsense prosecutor who last year was elected to a historical fifth term.

First elected in 2000, Walsh is a powerful woman, and has a long list of notable wins during her four terms as Summit County prosecutor, including a conviction this year of former Summit County Councilwoman Tamela Lee, who is Black, on seven counts of corruption related charge,  and the denial last year by a Summit County common pleas judge of a bid by Akron police captain Douglas Prade, who is also Black, for a new trial in the 1997 slaying of his Black ex-wife, Dr Margo Prade.

A Glenville councilman who was head of the Black student union and homecoming king in his college days at Kent State University, Johnson was convicted in late 1998 by a federal jury of Hobbs Act extortion for reportedly receiving some $17,000 in campaign contributions from Arab-American grocers.

But the federal indictment did not charge Johnson with bribery. He was charged, in fact, with four counts of extortion and two counts of wire fraud.

The wire fraud counts were dismissed before trial and Johnson, who alleged entrapment to no avail, was convicted on three of the four extortion counts.

The councilman served nine months of a 15-month federal prison sentence.

When the federal indictment came down Johnson, also a former city councilman, was a state senator in ambitious pursuit of the congressional seat vacated by the retirement of longtime 11th congressional district congressman Louis Stokes, a seat currently held by Marcia Fiudge that went to the late Stephanie Tubbs- Jones of Cleveland, who was Black like Stokes and Fudge.

The Ohio Supreme Court restored Johnson's law license in 2009 and in 2010 he was again elected to city council.


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 May 2017 02:30

Activist Devin Branch found not guilty of assaulting former East Cleveland mayor Gary Norton as Branch, who led the successful recall election against Norton last year, says the prosecution was malicious and politically motivated

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio- East Cleveland community activist Devin Branch, who led the successful recall election last year of former East Cleveland mayor Gary Norton, and who briefly served on city council after Norton's ouster, was found not guilty on Friday of an alleged misdemeanor assault on the former mayor.

 

The jury deliberated for less than a half hour before returning an acquittal verdict on what Branch called a malicious prosecution that he says was "politically motivated."

 

Norton summoned police last year on the day of the recall election, claiming Branch assaulted him, Branch saying he only knocked a clipboard from his face and that Norton was angry because he was facing recall.

 

Branch collected more than 1,000 signatures for the special recall election last December where Norton was voted out of office along with then city council president Thomas Wheeler.

 

Brandon King, then the vice president of council, replaced Norton as mayor per the requirement of the city charter.

 

Branch was appointed to the five-member city council at a December 29 meeting by then council president Barbara Thomas and then vice president Nathaniel Martin to the council seat previously held by Wheeler, and Kelvin Earby was appointed to the seat previously held by King.

 

But because Councilwoman Joie Graham left the council meeting before a vote was taken council purportedly lacked a three-person quorum and King, by charter, subsequently negated the actions of Thomas and Martin, who remain on council but not as president and vice president respectively,  and removed Branch and Earby.

 

Mayor King appointed community activist Ernest Smith to replace Branch on city council, and he replaced Earby with Christopher Pitts.

 

Thomas claims that she and Martin acted in good faith and says their appointments of Branch and Earby were legal, a claim the city law director says is simply not tr ue.

 

An impoverished suburb of Cleveland, East Cleveland has a population of some 17,000 people and is roughly 99 percent Black.

 

It is steeped in poverty with a median household income of $21,000, and financial debt that is mounting.

 

It is also a colorful town with colorful politicians and Black leaders that love the city, and is known in many political circles for its constant upheaval and political infighting.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 May 2017 16:05

Children of the Night stage play to premier May 27, 2017 at the Breen Center for Performing Arts in Cleveland, a Black play on family, domestic violence, scandal and betrayal by Cleveland's own plawright and director Pamelia Tyree-Carr

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM- CLEVELAND, Ohio-Cleveland’s own playwright and director, Pamelia Tyree-Carr (pictured), takes the city by storm with her seventh stage production, 'Children of the Night,' featuring Royce Ruffin, Nae Black, Robert Johnson Jr., R. Monica Black, Bernita Ewing and other locally talented actors and actresses.

 

'Children of the Night' will premiere Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the Breen Center for Performing Arts, which is located on the campus of Saint Ignatius High School at 2008 W. 30th and Lorain Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.

 

There are two performancesat 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

 

Tickets are $20 for both shows and after the evening performance there is the option of attending a meet and greet with the cast and a reception with light refreshments at an additional cost of $10 for a total of $30.

 

Tickets can be purchased via PayPal by using This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , at the Breen Center box office, from cast members, and at the door. For more information contact R. Monica Black, marketing director, at (216) 566-4887.

 

This gritty, thought-provoking drama focuses on the lives of three generations of Black women whose choices create dire consequences. Through the intersection of comedy, drama, and soulful music, one family clan is forced to endure the devastating aftermath of secrets, lies, scandal, betrayal, and generational curses.

 

Carr’s body of work, including the stage plays Tomorrow, The Mirror on the Wall, City Lights, IfHe Ain’t Mr. Right He’s Mr. Wrong, Choices, and Hard Times, has always examined the human condition in a riveting and haunting way that does not sugarcoat, but instead exposes the harsh realities of life.

 

"Children of the Night' brings awareness to issues such as domestic violence, sex trafficking, and infidelity and prmiers just two days after National Missing Children's Day, which is May 25.

 

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Last Updated on Friday, 26 May 2017 23:02

Congresswoman Fudge, state Rep Bill Patmon, activists praise Cleveland Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell after her retirement for her community service, and Blaine Griffin, her replacement, comments on whether he will run for election to keep his seat

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Pictured are Cleveland Ward 6 Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell, who retired from city council on May 15, 2017, and her replacment of whom she recommended Blaine Griffin, the director of the Community Relations Board for the city, and a member of Mayor Frank Jackson's cabinet.

 

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM- CLEVELAND, OhioCleveland Ward 6 Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell announced publicly on Monday that she was retiring.


Hours later she named Blaine Griffin, the director of the Community Relations Board for the city and a member of the mayor's cabinet, as her replacement on the 17-member, all Democratic Cleveland City Council.


Mitchell was initially appointed in 2008 to the unexpired term of then councilwoman Patricia Britt when Britt became clerk of council.


She ran for a full term in 2009 in a crowded race that included Griffin in the primary, Mitchell facing activist and social worker John Boyd in a subsequent runoff election and again four years ago with Boyd a possible contender this year too, among others.


Griffin was appointed Monday evening at the regular council meeting, city council accepting Mitchell's recommendation in support of Griffin as it traditionally does when a fellow council member departs.


"I appreciate Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell's service to the community and wish her well," Griffin told Cleveland Urban News.Com, initially hesitating to say that he will run this year to seek to hold on to the seat but ultimately acknowledging that he will seek election during the upcoming Sept. 12 non-partisan primary for all contested council seats, the mayoral seat now held by incumbent mayor Frank Jackson also up for grabs in a crowded field of potential candidates.


"I am running," said Griffin, 46.


Though Mitchell, who is in her early 70s, denied that health problems are responsible for her sudden exit from the political forum, sources have said for months that the councilwoman is allegedly sickly, and eventually came to terms with her illness, others saying she was pressured to make a decision since she and Griffin are both Jackson allies and Griffin now has an advantage over his election opponents as a newly installed councilman.


In the end it all came down to politics, and allegiances, illnesses aside.


Griffin and his wife have lived in the Larchmere neighborhood of Cleveland for 20 years where they raised three boys, the youngest a senior at John Hay High School.


Eleventh Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, whose largely Black congressional district includes Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs, issued a press statement on Monday and lauded Mitchell, a former BP American employee who worked in community relations and a former assistant county prosecutor, for her community service.


"It has been a pleasure to work with Councilwoman Mitchell," said Fudge. "She is a committed public servant, leader and advocate for the people of the city of Cleveland."

 

State Rep Bill Patmon, a former city councilman, told Cleveland Urban News.Com Monday morning that Mitchell "is an honorable and trustworthy public servant."


City Council is roughly half Black and half White, all eight of the 17 Black council members representing the largely Black east side of the majority Black major American city.


The three-term Black mayor, who, to date, will likely  face opposition from announced candidates Ward 10 Councilman Jeff Johnson, the only candidate to take out petitions for mayor thus far, Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed, and a host of other wannabe's, now has Griffin to potentially endorse him for mayor, and Griffin can expect the mayor's likely support  as to his bid for city council, sources said yesterday.


Mitchell was an avid supporter of the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, and University Circle, as well as numerous other initiatives, including the $330 million Opportunity Corridor road expansion.


She was an advocate for the poor and fought for fair housing, and she was the most visible of all members of council in fighting with community activists against violence against women and girls.


She frequently rallied with activists on various women's and children's rights issues from the murders of 11 Black women on Imperial Avenue by serial killer and death row inmate Anthony Sowell, to the victims of the East 9rd Street serial murders, and  the decade-long abduction and rape of Seymour Avenue escape victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.


"Councilwoman Mitchell would often stand with us at rallies for justice for murdered and raped women and girls, mainly poor and Black women and girls, some of their assailants still at large, and we thank her for her community service," said activist Kathy Wray Coleman, a journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland who now edits ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com and leads the Cleveland based grassroots group the Imperial Women Coalition.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 03:56

U.S. Representative Maxine Waters blasts President Trump in speeches in Cleveland at the CDWC brunch, and to the Black community at G-Lancer where she was introduced by Kathy Wray Coleman, editor of Cleveland Urban News.Com

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, a Los Angeles Democrat, has become a thorn in the side of President Donald Trump, and she brought her message against the boastful Republican president to Cleveland last week, speaking on Saturday, May 6 before a sold out crowd at the Cuyahoga County Democratic Women's Caucus (CDWC) annual brunch and also that day to a group of Black leaders, elected officials and community activists at G- Lancer restaurant in downtown Cleveland. (Editor's Note: Kathy Wray Coleman, who leads the Imperial Women Coalition, and is editor-in chief at ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com ,introduced Congresswoman Waters at Lancer's to a audience that gave the lawmaker a standing ovation as she entered the room).

Her visit to Cleveland May 6,  which was not her first, is in addition to the campaign by Waters against Trump's
policies, a campaign that she has waged on the floor of the United States House of Representatives, and also to major news outlets such as CNN and MSNBC, not to mention to listeners at public forums in other cities, both large and small, across the nation.

At the women's brunch on Saturday, which was held at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, she labeled the billionaire and former real estate mogul who upset Democrat Hillary Clinton in November to take the presidency an outright "liar." And this was before a capacity crowd of Democrats, mainly women, including three female gubernatorial candidates for the 2018 governor's race in Ohio,  at least three state representatives, council persons from across the state, members of the Ohio State Board of Education, former congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar, Toledo Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, and Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish.

Columbus Councilwoman Elizabeth Brown, a daughter of U.S. senator Sherrod Brown, and a Democrat like her father, also spoke.

Brown, like Waters, was recognized by the CDWC for her community service, as were Lana Moresky and Amy Hanauer.

Waters called Trump an enemy to women, the Black community, and the country in general, and she said that the president should be considered for impeachment relative to the fiasco regarding the ongoing investigation around Russian email hacking during the presidential election.

Trump, said Waters, has distanced the nation's allies, and "knows nothing about foreign policy."

The most senior of 12 Black women currently in congress, Waters, 78, took issue with the president's efforts to get the GOP dominated congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and she took objection to his stances on medicaid and medicare, as well as his positions on jobs, education and reproductive rights.

The president's anti-Muslim travel ban is ludicrous at best, Waters said.

She shot down nearly every policy Trump has proposed or has pushed through congress since taking office in January,

And Blacks and women, said Waters, are disregarded by Trump because he subordinates Black people and "just does not respect women."

Though Trump was a focus, Waters also spoke on women's issues to the largely White audience, and she urged women to run for office.

"Representative Waters' speech was so moving," said CDWC Chairwoman Cindy Demsey, who presented the congresswoman with her organization's courage award. "Women were actually cheering from their seats."

Even suburbanites at the brunch were motivated, some saying they wish they lived in Cleveland, a majority Black major American city where political action is ongoing, including the women's march in January and the science march held last month.

"I think she [Congresswoman Waters] is just fantastic." said Lakewood Councilman John O'Mally. "I wish I lived in Cleveland and I am ready to take action now."

At Lancer's in Cleveland's Black community the tone against Trump was nearly the same, the congresswoman entering the room to a standing ovation from Black leaders, elected officials and community activists, and taking the microphone and immediately blasting the president as a detriment to Blacks and to the overall welfare of the country.

She said that Trump is not thinking about the middle class and poor people and is about tax breaks for the rich, and "money, money money."

And when she called for Trump to be impeached if an investigation calls for such as she did earlier that day at the women's brunch, the audience broke into applause,

The Black community must vote, she said, and Black elected officials have got to be more assertive like community activists in getting across a message of resistance and empowerment.

The seasoned lawmaker urged more protests in the streets to address what she says is the president's anti-Black and anti-Democratic agenda, and she said that Black people and other disenfranchised groups must "resist, resist, resist."

The Rev. Dr. E. Theophillus Caviness, likely the city's most influential Black preacher, who is senior pastor at Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church and leads the Cleveland chapters of the National Action Network and Southern Christian Leadership Conference, told ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com that Blacks leaders in Cleveland support Congresswoman Waters without reservation.

"We support what Congresswoman Waters stands for and we want people nationwide to know that she has our backing here in Cleveland," said Caviness.

The Black crowd at Lancer's included Cleveland city council persons, state representatives, members of the Cleveland NAACP and Black Women's Political Action Committee, political candidates, and community activists.

"She was wonderful," said East Cleveland Board of Education president and mayoral candidate Una H.R. Kennon of Waters.

Others agreed.

"Congresswoman Waters is fabulous, and we support her," said Cleveland activist Dionne Thomas Carmichael.

State representative Bill Patmon, a Cleveland Democrat, told ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com that Waters understands Black people and can be trusted to work in the best interest of the Black community.

"Every Black person in town should have been here to hear her speech," said Patmon.

At both events Waters was escorted by her husband, Sydney Williams, a former United States Ambassador to the Bahamas, and a former Cleveland Browns NFL football player.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 19:29

Mike DeWine refuses to issue Ohio Attorney General opinion on whether Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson can run for mayor due to an expunged felony conviction

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, a former U.S. senator and a likely gubernatorial candidate for the 2018 race for Ohio governor, has refused to honor request by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley for an AG opinion on whether Cleveland Ward 10 Councilman Jeff Johnson is eligible to run for mayor because of a board of elections complaint that claims his 1998 felony extortion conviction that was expunged in 2008 by a common pleas judge lacks merit.

The county board of elections complaint was filed by Ed Davila, who wants Johnson, who is Black, out of the race for mayor.

In short, DeWine called O'Malley's request for an AG opinion frivolous, given that state law permits common pleas judges to expunge certain state and federal convictions, including felony convictions for extortion, for which Johnson was convicted of some two decades ago, his record subsequently wiped clean by a common pleas judge in Cuyahoga County.

A source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that O'Malley, who is White, is simply on a witch hunt because Johnson is among  nearly a dozen potential mayoral candidates and the only one to take out petitions to date, all of them seeking to unseat incumbent three-term Black mayor Frank Jackson, who is also a Democrat like O'Malley and Johnson.

Also of importance is the zeal by White folks to keep Black men from getting second chances in life because of felony convictions, no matter the extent of the crime or crimes or how long ago they were committed, Johnson supporters and others have said.

The board of elections complaint says in part that the board of elections should usurp state law and brand extortion as bribery, a felony conviction not eligible to be expunged under state law in Ohio.

And this is though the board of elections has no such authority.

For the complainant to win in the least, legal research suggests, would require the General Assembly to change the state law on what felonies can and cannot be expunged, or for a judge to rule that the state law at issue is unconstitutional, and even that may not pass constitutional muster on any appeal, and it would be after the fact and not applicable relative to Johnson.

Laws are not always clear on their faces and judges must interpret such as is the claim against Johnson with the board of elections, one that alleges bribery and extortion are one in the same and if state law precludes a felony record for bribery from being expunged, it, in essence, applies to extortion.

The state law, however, does not say that extortion convictions, whether federal or state convictions, cannot be expunged.

"It could come down to whether it is the strict definition of the law, as Jeff Johnson wants it to be, or the language of the law" a prominent Cleveland defense attorney told  under condition of anonymity.

"The judge that made the determination in Johnson's case to expunge his felony conviction in 2008 apparently went with the strict definition concept," the source said. " And if the prosecutor's office failed to raise the issue before the judge it could very well be a dead issue  in the Johnson matter."

Also at issue is the failure by the prosecutor to object to Johnson's felony getting expunged at the trial court level by the common pleas judge that expunged it,  or appealing the ruling or court order, appeals courts usually saying that on appeal issues typically have to be raised at the trial court level in order to be heard .

A former Cleveland councilman and Parma safety director who ousted fellow Democrat Tim McGinty in the Democratic primary last year with staunch help from Black voters in Cuyahoga County, a 29 percent Black county that includes the city of Cleveland, has now secured an agreement by neighboring Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh to act in his place for a hearing on Davila's complaint.

That hearing was set to go forward on May 15 but has now been delayed for Walsh and her legal team to do research.

Walsh will replace the role of O'Malley and will act as a special prosecutor in the matter, O'Malley now claiming he has a conflict of interest, whatever that may be.

A former Akron assistant city prosecutor, Walsh is also a Democrat, and a no-nonsense prosecutor who last year was elected to a historical fifth term.

First elected in 2000, Walsh is a powerful woman, and has a long list of notable wins during her four terms as Summit County prosecutor, including a conviction this year of former Summit County Councilwoman Tamela Lee, who is Black, on seven counts of corruption related charge,  and the denial last year by a Summit County common pleas judge of a bid by Akron police captain Douglas Prade, who is also Black, for a new trial in the 1997 slaying of his Black ex-wife, Dr Margo Prade.

A Glenville councilman who was head of the Black student union and homecoming king in his college days at Kent State University, Johnson was convicted in late 1998 by a federal jury of Hobbs Act extortion for reportedly receiving some $17,000 in campaign contributions from Arab-American grocers.

But the federal indictment did not charge Johnson with bribery. He was charged, in fact, with four counts of extortion and two counts of wire fraud.

The wire fraud counts were dismissed before trial and Johnson, who alleged entrapment to no avail, was convicted on three of the four extortion counts.

He served nine months of a 15-month federal prison sentence.

When the federal indictment came down Johnson, also a former city councilman, was a state senator in ambitious pursuit of the congressional seat vacated by the retirement of longtime 11th congressional district congressman Louis Stokes, a seat that went to the late Stephanie Tubbs- Jones of Cleveland, who, like Stokes, was Black.

Then the co-chairman of Hillary Clinton's first and failed Democratic primary bid for president against former president Barack Obama, Tubbs-Jones died of a brain aneurysm in 2008, just weeks before Obama accepted the Democratic nomination president. She was succeeded in congress by current congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Black Warrensville Heights Democrat whose largely Black congressional district includes parts of Cleveland and its eastern suburbs, and a pocket of Akron and staggering parts of Summit County suburbs.

The Ohio Supreme Court restored Johnson's law license in 2009 and in 2010 he was again elected to city council, though the board of elections complaint says the councilman should have never been able to re- assume his city council seat due to the extortion conviction, another allegation that a a source said is also likely frivolous.

Johnson was a rising star in the Democratic Party prior to his legal troubles.

But he acknowledges his mistakes and says he is running for mayor of Cleveland because he is the best candidate  to resurrect inner city neighborhoods, and to improve the lives of Clevelanders in a major American city steeped in poverty and plagued with a public school system that struggles to stay above water.

Under state law the mayor of Cleveland has control of the city's public schools and appoints the Cleveland Board of Education.

The Cleveland mayoral seat and all seats on the 17-member city council are up for grabs this year, all seats of which carry four-year terms.

Other mayoral wannabe's include Councilman Zack Reed, and  former East Cleveland mayor Eric Brewer, who, like Jackson, are Black.

Jackson, on Wednesday, announced a $65 million plan to redevelop neighborhoods and improve housing, and to replenish downtown Cleveland.

The city's non-partisan primary for city council and the race for mayor are September 12  with a June 29  deadline for filing legitimate petitions to get on the ballot.

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS : BREAKING NEWS ARTICLE: Cleveland police officers and detectives fired, including officer Michael Brelo, and six suspended as to the 137 shots deadly shooting of unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell.....Not all of the cops that did the shooting were fired....The firings should be vacated the police union says, which likely means arbitration ....A consent decree on police reforms with the city and the DOJ remains....Community activists renew the call for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, who shielded 12 of the 13 non-Black cops that did the shooting from criminal charges, to be voted out of office this year, and Congresswoman Fudge wants McGinty gone too.....Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell acquitted Brelo of manslaughter charges....By www.clevelandurbannews.com editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman

Cleveland police cars chase two unarmed Blacks from downtown Cleveland to neighboring East Cleveland the night of Nov. 29, 2012. The 23 -minute car chase ended in the parking lot of Heritage Middle School and culminated in 13 non- Black Cleveland police officers firing a total of 137 bullets at Malissa Williams 30, and Timothy Ray Russell, 43, the driver of the 1979 Chevy Malibu. Both Russell and Williams were Black, and both died at the scene.  Some 105 police officers and 64 police cruisers participated at some level in the deadly chase.


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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS Vote no on March 15, 2016 to the re-election of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty (pictured below) Twenty-three years of racist and corrupt McGinty as to 19 years as a common pleas judge and four years as a county prosecutor are enough....He is pro- police, anti-Black, anti -fair and anti-Tamir Rice....Greater Cleveland community activists, including the Imperial Women Coalition, Black on Black Crime Inc, the Carl Stokes Brigade, Puncture the Silence, Revolution Books, Peace in the Hood, the Oppressed People's Nation, the Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, the Million Women March Cleveland and the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party, want him voted out of office, as do the Cleveland NAACP and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge ....Read here what McGinty, who is White, has done to hurt the Black community and others as a judge and as an overzealous and unfair county prosecutor......By www.clevelandurbannews.com editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman



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PASS THIS ON PLEASE ACTIVISTS: Community activists to picket Cleveland News Channel 5 for harassment and defamation against Blacks and activists, harassment of the community allegedly led by News Director Jeff Harris (pictured), who joined the local televisionstation in 2014. Please call (216) 659-0473 if Harris, who is White, or anybody else at Cleveland Channel 5 News has harassed you or defamed you,or email us at editor@cleveland urbannews.com. Harris is reportedly being enlisted by police and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty to harass outspoken greater Cleveland Black activists, and according to Reporter John Kosich, has agreed to slant stories against the Black community and community activists. Greater Cleveland Black judges and elected officials have also experienced the racist wrath of Harris and Cleveland Channel 5 News, data show. Harris is also accused of taking kickbacks in money to do malicious and false stories against greater Cleveland Blacks and others for corrupt judges, politicians, racist cops, JPMorgan Chase Bank, and others. (By editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman)
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Kathy Wray Coleman is the editor-in-chief at Cleveland Urban News.Com and a 23-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. Coleman covered the presidential election for the Call and Post in 2008, including a one-on-one interview with now president Barack Obama.CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS