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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
LIVE FROM COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS!
have arrived early for what may be a pivotal hearing for the City of East
Cleveland. As reported here last week, East Cleveland City Council president
Joy Jordan is in a struggle to claim a place on the ballot in her city’s
October 1 mayoral primary.
County Board of Elections starts in about ten minutes. Item 5 on the Board’s
agenda is “Protest hearing regarding candidate petition filed for the October
1, 2013 East Cleveland Mayoral Primary Election.” This item presumably refers
to Jordan’s petitions, which have yet to be certified by the Board, apparently
due to her campaign’s failure to properly constitute her Committee of Electors,
a requirement that may be unique to East Cleveland.
in the public gallery, in attention to Jordan, are a small number of her
supporters, including her father, activist dentist Eugene Jordan. Also present
is Gerald Silvera, a Republican who has filed complaints with the county and
state challenging the ballot eligibility of East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton,
who has been delinquent in filing campaign finance reports in several prior
Cleveland law director Ronald Riley is also here, as are a number of city hall
East Cleveland mayor Darryl Pittman has just arrived, along with law partner
James Alexander. Pittman has represented City Council in the past in its
frequent battles with the Norton administration.
city councilman Jeff Johnson has also appeared, perhaps relative to
correspondence he has submitted to the Board.
update this report as the day proceeds.
Meeting has just started with the Pledge of Allegiance.