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East Cleveland Mayor survives second recall election

East Cleveland City Hall.
Ryan Loew
Ideastream Public Media
East Cleveland City Hall.

East Cleveland residents voted to keep Mayor Brandon King in Tuesday’s recall election.

King, who has been accused of creating a $60 million budget deficit, sexually harassing his former secretary and other offenses by East Cleveland City Council, first took office in 2016 following the recalls of the then-mayor and city council president.

This is his second recall election. He survived the first by 19 votes, but in Tuesday’s race, he clinched more than 70% of the votes in his favor, although voter turnout was very low. Fewer than 300 people cast ballots, according to unofficial results.

Abbey Marshall covers Cleveland-area government and politics for Ideastream Public Media.