All Nine Cleveland Mayoral Candidates Make Primary Ballot After a Few Submit Supplemental Signatures


Reed at a campaign event earlier this year. - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
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  • Reed at a campaign event earlier this year.
Update: On Friday the county Board of Elections certified supplemental signatures submitted by Tony Madalone, Eric Brewer and Robert Kilo. Each had fallen short of the valid nominating petition count at the original deadline but delivered thousands of fresh signatures before the deadline last Wednesday. Which means that all nine mayoral candidates who submitted nominating petitions will appear on the primary ballot in September.


(Updated 7/5/17): According to's Mark Naymik and the county's Board of Elections, three of the candidates who filed nominating petitions last week have come up short of the 3,000 valid signatures needed to make the ballot. Those three men: Tony Madalone, Eric Brewer and Robert Kilo. They had five days to collect additional signatures to make up their respective gaps. The clock on those five days ends today at 4 p.m. Here's how short each candidate was:

Madalone: 1,086
Brewer: 970
Kilo: 610

We'll update you once this all gets sorted out.


(Original story 6/30/17): Nine Cleveland mayoral candidates, including Frank Jackson, of course, filed nominating petitions with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections before the 4 p.m. deadline yesterday. All are men, a dispiriting trend, as our own Sam Allard noted last week.

Three thousand valid signatures are required to land on the September 12 primary ballot and the Board of Elections will be working to certify to the signatures soon. The top two in the primary square off in a November election.

If a candidate fails to cross the 3,000 threshold, they get five days to gather additional John Hancocks. As it stands, the nine candidates include:

- Frank Jackson
- Zack Reed
- Jeff Johnson
- Brandon Chrostowski
- Tony Madalone
- Robert Kilo
- Eric Brewer
- Dyrone Smith
- Bill Patmon

Six of those candidates — Reed, Johnson, Kilo, Madalone, Chrostowski and Brewer — appeared at a forum earlier this week. You can read our breakdown of that event here.

Notably but not surprisingly absent was Frank Jackson, who appeared at a high-dollar fundraiser in Gates Mills Wednesday evening that was the subject of protests by the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus. If you missed it, you can read our coverage from that event here.

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