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Nonprofit exec, council president to vie for Cleveland mayor

September 15, 2021 GMT
This March 31, 2017 photo shows Justin Bibb, in Cleveland. Bibb, 34, is the chief strategy officer for Urbanova, a public-private partnership that focuses on mid-sized cities. He is running against Council President Kevin Kelley, 53, who was first elected to City Council in 2005 and became council president in 2013. Both are attorneys. (James Douglas Shields via AP)
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This March 31, 2017 photo shows Justin Bibb, in Cleveland. Bibb, 34, is the chief strategy officer for Urbanova, a public-private partnership that focuses on mid-sized cities. He is running against Council President Kevin Kelley, 53, who was first elected to City Council in 2005 and became council president in 2013. Both are attorneys. (James Douglas Shields via AP)
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This March 31, 2017 photo shows Justin Bibb, in Cleveland. Bibb, 34, is the chief strategy officer for Urbanova, a public-private partnership that focuses on mid-sized cities. He is running against Council President Kevin Kelley, 53, who was first elected to City Council in 2005 and became council president in 2013. Both are attorneys. (James Douglas Shields via AP)

CLEVELAND (AP) — A nonprofit executive and the City Council president will face off in November to determine who will succeed Cleveland’s longtime mayor.

According to unofficial results, Justin Bibb received 27% of the vote and Council President Kevin Kelley 19% on Tuesday in a nonpartisan primary field that featured seven Democratic candidates.

Dennis Kucinich, who was elected as the country’s youngest big-city mayor in 1977 and subsequently served eight terms in Congress, finished third, receiving nearly 17% of the vote. Kucinich conceded on Tuesday night.

Frank Jackson, the longest serving mayor in city history, is stepping down in January after choosing not to seek a fifth four-year term in office.

Bibb, 34, is the chief strategy officer for Urbanova, a public-private partnership that focuses on mid-sized cities. Kelley, 53, was first elected to City Council in 2005 and became council president in 2013. Both are attorneys.