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A reluctant runner is picking up speed Jackson talks about the race for mayor Commentary

Feb 03, 2017 - Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)

Mayor Frank Jackson believes the city and its people need him.

So, on Tuesday, he announced that he reluctantly will seek an unprecedented fourth four-year term as mayor because no one has stepped forward who he believes is as committed as he is to Cleveland.

The mayor is sincere, for sure. But his assertion is infused with unintentional irony, which I’ll explain in a moment. In addition, it’s shortsighted. Thursday morning, the day after Jackson met with me and several colleague...