Monday, August 19, 2013 at 5:23 PM
Cleveland Mayoral candidate Ken Lanci made a wide range of promises at a campaign event initially billed as a debate at the City Club of Cleveland on Monday. But as Ideastream’s Nick Castele reports, Lanci was the only candidate there.
The event was sponsored by the grassroots group Ohio Communities United—not by the City Club. And Mayor Frank Jackson wasn’t there, leaving Lanci alone to field questions for an hour.
Lanci promised to dispatch 17 city planners to draw up development plans for the city’s 17 wards. He said he would bring banks together to create an investment fund for small businesses, especially minority-owned businesses. And he promised to expand the number of after-school programs for middle-school students.
But he didn’t offer many more details on these proposed city initiatives.
“It’s time to look at Cleveland for the problems that it has, not for the little bit of development that’s going on downtown that makes people feel good,” Lanci said. “They don’t have any idea how good it could be if we take care of our education problem, our safety problem and our unemployment problem.”
Asked whether his cabinet would reflect the percentage of African-American women that makes up Cleveland’s electorate, Lanci did not directly say yes or no. He said he would hire the most qualified candidates and that he’d mentor prospective city workers.
A spokesman for Jackson’s campaign says the mayor will face off against Lanci in a debate hosted by the City Club next month.
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