The trust that Zachary Reed has earned from Cleveland's American Negro community can be compared to the trust the Negro community had for George Forbes. The 1989 campaign between Mr. Forbes and then state senator Michael White shocked Clevelanders who didn't realize the city was majority Negro. For the first time two American Negro men of high political achievements for their respective lengths of service were competing for mayor. While both men were known in the American Negro community, Mr. Forbes was known longer, better and had demonstrated he could be trusted longer.

Frank Jackson said the next mayor’s got to come from the streets and the streets are saying very loudly that Zachary Reed is going to be Cleveland’s next mayor

Reed's trusted and proven himself not to be a sellout while still being a friend to all

CLEVELAND, OH – I’ve observed Cleveland’s mayors up close as a journalist or political participant since Dennis Kucinich in 1978.  On the East Cleveland side since the late attorney Darryl Eugene Pittman in 1985.  In addition to serving in the elected office for for years, I served a year as former East Cleveland Mayor Emmanuel Weli Onunwor’s chief of staff and as a part-time Special Assistant for Cleveland Mayor Michael Reed White.  My former Director of Law in East Cleveland, the late attorney Almeta Johnson, served as Kucinich’s chief prosecuting attorney.

On January 1, 2022 the mayoral candidate Cleveland voters elect to discharge the duties of the “chief conservator of the peace” will walk into the municipal bureaucracy Frank George Jackson managed for the past 16 years.   Since Jackson’s not in a contentious campaign against an opponent trying to destroy him, he has no reason to deny a constructive transition to the victor.  Despite his malicious political ignorance I offered Gary Alexander Norton, Jr. a transition after the East Cleveland mayoral campaign in 2009.  He wasn’t smart enough to accept.  His ignorance was his “could have avoided jail” loss.

I expect Zachary Reed to be one of the prevailing candidates for mayor by the close of voting on September 14, 2021.  His sign’s in my front yard.  Until he left council Reed was my “responsive” councilman.

Mayor Frank Jackson’s handpicked replacement, Kevin Kelley, wants to continue the illegal warrantless pursuits that led to the 100 cop car chase and 137 bullet slaughter of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell in East Cleveland.

I joined Reed and Jackson as a candidate in the 2017 campaign for mayor.  Reed had initially asked me to help him and I declined.  I had the goal then of nurturing the idea of physicians on EMS squads, a return to a municipal hospital, building 5 emergency rooms, restoring municipal transit, the creation of a municipal bank, returning the Cleveland school district to the voters, decriminalizing house ordinances, restoring the building and construction trades in Cleveland schools, eliminating license plate searches and warrantless pursuits.  I intended to put the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association president (CPPA) back in a car for his pay.  The letter in the contract White signed is “criminal.”

When Reed asked again if I’d support him for mayor in 2021 I said I’d consider.  I’m an in-person Cleveland voter and Reed will have my vote for mayor on September 14, 2021.  I’ve been observing the campaign and candidates from the online forums.  I’ve been proud at how Reed’s handled himself. Anyone who knows me knows the word “proud” is not one I use lightly.

I believe from knowing the characteristics of “better” elected officials that Reed has the chance to be a “suprisingly good mayor” for all of Cleveland.  He has the intellectual curiosity that I see lacking in politicians.  Reed doesn’t think he knows everything or has all the answers.  He’s willing to explore and he listens. From my experiences with him over the past 21 years he’s been willing to read “before” he seeks to lead.  What I know Reed will do to address problems is “act” and unlike Jackson he’s going to communicate with the electorate.

Mayor Frank Jackson can’t now act as if Clevelanders have a short memory with his sad endorsemen of Kevin Kelley; and Kelley’s endorsement of this type of policing.  Victims of cop chases are “collateral damage” according to Kelley.

I’m also favoring Reed because of what I don’t know about him as a journalist after observing him for the past 21 years.  I don’t know him to be thief, a liar or an abuser of his elected office.  I don’t know him to be lazy as one of the few politicians I know who attends the public meetings of other political bureaucracies.

I don’t know him to lack the courage to speak his mind.  As an American Negro I don’t know him to be in the “sellout” category.  There’s no way I would ever trust Basheer Jones as someone I know and can prove to be the exact opposite of Reed.  Unlike Reed, Sellout Jones is a despicable disgrace to the American Negro race.  All of Justin Bibb’s “visual” optics tells me he’s playing on a different team.  I see him as the 4th Caucasian candidate.  No one cares about Word Church pastor R.A. Vernon’s edicts on how he thinks he should lead Cleveland from Moreland Hills, Pepper Pike or wherever he lives outside the city.  No vote.  No voice.  Stay in your own lane … pastor.

Unlike Kevin Kelley, Reed should not be expected to use the office of mayor to steal two elections from the people whether he agrees with the issue they want on the ballot or not.  Kelley’s conduct in office has been so un-American his political career should end with this loss.  Until his crimes in office catch up with him Kelley should stay with Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur and steal from the law firm’s clients instead of Cleveland’s taxpayers.  Kelley is the only Cleveland politician whose conduct offended me so much as a citizen of the city I filed a criminal complaint against him.

State Sandra Williams’ mayoral campaign is strange.  She’s got my phone number and has never called.  All I’ve received from her are texted requests for money or to volunteer.  The first fundraising flyer I saw featured all women backers.  From my perspective she’s running a feminist “women’s only” campaign that’s got no place in 2021 politics.  Eugenia Murrell Capers was the first American Negro woman to seek the mayor’s job in 1971.  Since then Laverne Jones Gore and Kimberly Brown have been American Negro women to seek the job of Cleveland mayor.

FAIR USE: Tamir Rice’s mother, Samaria Rice, has from the beginning demanded a federal criminal investigation of her son’s murder at the hands of ex-Cleveland cop Timothy Loehman. I introduced her to attorney Benjamin Crump to push her son’s name into the national spotlight. His great-grandmother, Mildred Brewer, served as my council vice president and she was with Shirley Smith, Marcia Fudge and I at Huron Hospital the night Stephanie Tubbs-Jones was hosptalized. I’m off to the right of Tamir’s father.  The next mayor of Cleveland must protect the city from violence without subjecting Americans living in the city to constitutional rights abuses.

A woman from the legislature has already served poorly.  Jane Campbell.  Being the “first” of anything doesn’t make one the “best” qualified to serve.  Campbell hadn’t read Cleveland’s charter or ordinances; and hadn’t attended any council meetings.  She hadn’t read the budget or any audits.  I know because I interviewed her for the job in 2001.  After less than a year in office Campbell’s mismanagement had generated a $62 million deficit.  If all Williams has to offer is her gender she’s got nothing to sell.

Reed will put Cleveland on a different “national” map.  He’ll handle local, national and state media better than Jackson.  He’s also experienced what was supposed to be the “embarassment factor” in the media in 2013.  I submitted information to former police chief Michael McGrath showing the Facebook posts of cops who described how he was set up to be followed by an off-duty cop working security at a local club.  He survived and grew beyond the experience.  Many can’t make the comeback climb and come out on top as Reed has done.

I see Reed prevailing because he and Dennis Kucinich are the only two mayoral candidates whose names have appeared on ballots in every Cleveland precinct.  It’s the one political advantage each has over their opponents.  Kucinich’s life as a perennial candidate since before his election to Cleveland city council in 1969 – when Carl Burton Stokes was elected mayor – has given him 100 percent political name recognition.  But his name’s not all good since Kucinich has not done well as a candidate too far outside his west side ward.

Clevelanders voted for Kucinich as mayor in 1977.  Eight months after his January 1, 1978 term of office began 120,000 Cleveland voters were asked to decide his fate during a recall.  He won by 275 votes and was defeated the following year by then Lieutenant Governor George Victor Voinovich.   His hurdle is in getting Clevelanders who are already conditioned against voting for him as mayor to change minds.  Each of his perennial campaign losses comes across as voters telling Kucinich “how many times do we have to say no before you get it?

Eric Gordon has so miserably failed Cleveland school children that both he and the school board need to be replaced by a new mayor. It’s time for Cleveland voters to be given back the school board. THe mayoral control experiment has failed.  With a new mayor Clevelanders could be looking at a new administrator leading the city’s schools.

Should Cleveland voters pick right and elect Reed, the city hall he’ll inherit from a lame duck Jackson will have been leaderless ever since the current mayor chose not to seek re-election.   I submitted a request for public personnel records over two weeks ago.  No response and this isn’t the first time over the years that city officials have been disobedient in their compliance with local, state and federal laws.   It explains the FBI’s two raids on city hall.  It explains why Kenneth Johnson should feel “set up.”  His conduct was no different than any other member of council’s except he actually cut grass.

Jackson would have been an outstanding mayor had he simply read and mastered the Constitution of the United States of America, the Constitution of Ohio, Cleveland’s charter and every local, state and federal law or rule that applied to the job of mayor and council.  He didn’t need to listen to the Communists in his ear telling him to “re-envision” government.  That’s not what he was administered an oath of office to do since 1990.

31 years in public office is the equivalent of learning from the 1st grade to the 12th grade twice; plus four years of college and three years of doctoral training.  There isn’t a federal, state or local “law” the chief law enforcement officer of a municipal corporation should not know or have instilled in the consciousness of the city’s workforce after 31 years in elected office.

Jackson could have addressed the illegal way Community Development Block Grant funds were split among 17 members of council equally instead of allocating them to the census tracts that earned the city dollars Congress earmarked to eliminate the city’s slum and blight.  He could have protected Timothy Russell, Malissa Williams and Tamir Rice with constitutionally compliant policing.  He could have raised the bar on public school education and seen the failure in Eric Gordon’s inability to spend $37,000 a year to educate 32,000 Cleveland school children into “genius” status.

Zack Reed is already on record as saying he’ll replace Calvin Williams as chief of police for his failure to address violence in the city.  Williams has been distracted. 

With his legal education and now inactive law license Jackson could have built a municipal workforce so rooted in “law” compliance he’d have been viewed as the George Washington Carver of mayors.  American Negro Carver figured out 326 ways to use a peanut every other race of people could only eat.  Imagine a mayor who knew 326 ways to solve crime or educate children?  31 years.  Frank.  That’s a lot of wasted time and the best you have to offer as a replacement is an unprosecuted criminal named Kevin Kelley.

Jackson’s own grandson could have benefitted from his grandfather’s commitment to eradicating the nuance of Cleveland policing that 85 percent of Americans “targeted” for stops and citations are dark skinned American Negro males.  Cleveland State University professor Ronnie Dunn left Jackson and the council with this gem of knowledge.  Had Jackson simply read it his grandson’s skin color would not be “probable cause.”  Reed, not Kelley, is the best candidate to deal with what Jackson did not as brother who’s complexion gives him the sensitivity to “understand.”  It was under Jackson’s mayoral administration that even Reed was profiled.

There are nuances to Cleveland’s issues and demographics that makes Reed my preferred candidate over any of the others.   He already knows not to disrupt the city’s operations with mass firings like that racist piece of shit idiot Edward Fitzgerald did as Cuyahoga County executive.  1000 employees, including my son’s job, wiped out for no reason other than to make room for his Irish “Catholic” clansmen.  Fuck the Irish Protestants and anybody was his ignorant, racist thinking.

Reed already has some idea of what’s wrong and what he’d like to correct with the bureaucracy.  His leap will be in making the adjustment from a legislator to a bureaucratic manager; and he’s already had some management experience with Mayor Willie Brown’s administration in San Francisco.  After the election’s over my advice will be for Reed to “read.”

A black president had to send a black U.S. attorney general to a predominantly black city to tell a black mayor and black police chief that the civil rights of black people were being violated by police under their control.

Jackson and I were each sworn in as mayors on January 1, 2006.  We met about a month into our first days in office and were both excited about our new jobs.

Frank said something that caused me some concern for him during our first meeting.  He said he did not have time to read.  It was too much material.  He was building a “good team” and they were doing the reading for him.  No they weren’t.  They were adjusting to his work ethic and reading habits. It was the same with another legislator, Mayor Michael Reed White.

Before I joined White’s administration as a part-time special assistant I asked him to provide me with his last 10 audits and quarterly management letters for each year.  I read correspondence from Auditor of State Jim Petro to White warning him of PeopleSoft problems.   For 5 years he identified chronic compliance issues finance director Chris Carmody hadn’t addressed.

In the 5th year he addressed his warnings directly to White and in the 5th year the mayor responded by firing Carmody.  Had White read the first warning five years earlier, Carmody’s management ineptness would not have quadrupled the problem four another four years.  From my perspective White could have been trashed on his handling of the city’s finances had he sought a fourth term in office.

Zack Reed took to the streets with flyers trying to find leads to identify the killers of four women along East 93rd Street. He values the lives of Cleveland residents. He’s the mayor Clevelanders want overseeing the police department.

As a journalist with an investigative consciousness I was in pig heaven as East Cleveland’s newly-elected mayor.  I remember telling Jackson how I was reading the records associated with each department that I’d been on the outside as a journalist and newspaper publisher begging and fighting officials to get.  I was reading everything.

Audits.  Management letters. Banking records.  Personnel records.  Labor agreements.  First step labor grievances.  First step responses.  Lawsuits.  Settlements.  Arbitrator rulings.  Contracts.  Incident reports.  Water reports.  Block grant records.  Jail records.  Overtime records.  Time cards associated with how the overtime was acquired.  I even had the mail directed to the mayor’s office so I’d get what the employees were getting in their names that should have been addressed to me from outside agencies.  My office distributed the mail so I could keep up with what outside agencies were informing my workers to do that wasn’t being done.

Everything in government repeats.  So my advice to Reed is the same as I suggested to Jackson.  At least read everything that comes across your desk … once.  Don’t assume your employees are readers.  People as a matter of nature have lazy reading habits and the habit doesn’t change for a six figure salary.

The first time I was asked to sign a $65,000 invoice to East Cleveland’s waste management company I asked my finance director if he’d read the contract.  He said no so I asked the service director if he’d read it.  He said no.  I was given a copy and I couldn’t understand how the terms applied, from an industry perspective, to the charges.  Mayors need to be familiar with federal environmental and waste management laws.  Most terminology is industry-specific and there are nuances to every industry that only experts know.

The map shows where HUD block grant funds are supposed to have been invested. Look at the density of East side Cleveland neighborhoods. In 2000 Cleveland received $30 million in block grant funds from HUD. It’s the year Zack Reed was a new member of council and not fully aware of the illegality of the 21 way split. He like, Kevin Conwell, didn’t realize they were about to put into a position of begging council members who had no legal authority to even access block grant dollars for money that was earmarked for their neighborhoods. So because the split was illegal HUD cut back on the funds. Cleveland should be received $50 million or better, annually, in block grant funds to invest where poverty is the densest. Today HUD’s giving the city between $19 and $21 million in block grant funds. No one in their right mind believes Kevin Kelley’s going to lift a finger to uplift the east side. If Frank Jackson didn’t what makes anyone think his boy will do better? Monkey see. Monkey do.

I called Pat Holland at Cuyahoga County’s solid waste district and asked if he could explain what we didn’t understand and he did.  Pat went a step further and analyzed the costs with the terms and conditions in the contract.  We were owed $67,000 based on a recycling cost capture clause.  My team and I only needed to be taught … once.  Reed impresses me as the type of person who will go wherever he needs to go, ego aside, to get the information he needs to know.  The last thing the newest city employee needs on January 1 when their term of office begins is an oversized, know it all ego.  I think Reed’s mature enough that he’ll be fine.

If you are a Cleveland resident who has not already voted you are among the “waiting wise.”  The early voters are the emotional ones who end up with buyer’s remorse wishing they could change their minds.  I’ve only voted one way and that’s at the polls in my neighborhood.  I think I may have voted early at the elections board when I knew I wouldn’t be in town on election day.  But to me September 14, 2021 is election day.

Zack and I know each other well enough for him to know that I wouldn’t be writing a single word in his favor if I didn’t believe he was the better candidate.  In 2021 Zack Reed is the superior candidate for mayor and the one who will receive my vote.  When asked I’ve told all my friends I’m voting for Zack.

If you’re among the waiting wise among the city of Cleveland’s electorate, I’ll see you at the polls on September 14, 2021 and we can cast our votes for Zack together.  Our city.  Our mayor.  God bless our suburban neighbors.  They don’t run our city or pick our mayors.

The general laws duties of the mayor are below.

RC 705.79 | Powers and duties of mayor.  The mayor of a municipal corporation organized under sections 705.71 to 705.86, inclusive, of the Revised Code, shall:(A) See that the laws and ordinances are enforced;(B) Recommend measures to the council for adoption;(C) Keep the council fully advised of the financial condition and future needs of the municipal corporation;(D) Prepare and submit to the council such reports as are required by that body;(E) Appoint competent, disinterested persons, not exceeding three in number, to examine without notice the affairs of any department, officer, or employee, and report the result of such examination to the mayor, and such result shall also be transmitted by him to the council without delay;(F) Perform such other duties as the council determines by ordinance or resolution.
RC 733.30 |  The major shall perform all the duties prescribed by the bylaws and ordinances of the municipal corporation. He shall see that all ordinances, bylaws, and resolutions of the legislative authority are faithfully obeyed and enforced. He shall sign all commissions, licenses, and permits granted by such legislative authority, or authorized by Title VII of the Revised Code, and such other instruments as by law or ordinances require his certificate.
RC 2901.01(11)(c) |  (11) “Law enforcement officer” means any of the following:  (c) A mayor, in the mayor’s capacity as chief conservator of the peace within the mayor’s municipal corporation.

Eric Jonathan Brewer

Cleveland's most influential journalist and East Cleveland's most successful mayor is an East Saint Louis, Illinois native whose father led the city's petition drive in 1969 to elect the first black mayor in 1971. Eric is an old-school investigative reporter whose 40-year body of editorial work has been demonstrably effective. No local journalist is feared or respected more.

Trained in newspaper publishing by the legendary Call & Post Publisher William Otis Walker in 1978 when it was the nation's 5th largest Black-owned publication, Eric has published and edited 13 local, regional and statewide publications across Ohio. Adding to his publishing and reporting resume is Eric's career in government. Eric served as the city's highest paid part-time Special Assistant to ex-Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White. He served as Chief of Staff to ex-East Cleveland Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor; and Chief of Communications to the late George James in his capacity as the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's first Black executive director. Eric was appointed to serve as a member of the state's Financial Planning & Supervision Commission to guide the East Cleveland school district out of fiscal emergency and $20 million deficit. Former U.S. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson told Eric in his D.C. office he was the only mayor in the nation simultaneously-managing a municipal block grant program. Eric wrote the city's $2.2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant application. A HUD Inspector General audit of his management of the block grant program resulted in "zero" audit findings.

As a newspaper publisher, Eric has used his insider's detailed knowledge of government and his publications to lead the FBI and state prosecutors to investigations that resulted in criminal prosecutions of well-known elected officials in Ohio; and have helped realign Cleveland's political landscape with the defeat of candidates and issues he's exposed. Eric's stories led to the indictments of the late Governor George Voinovich's brother, Paul Voinovich of the V Group, and four associates. He asked the FBI to investigate the mayor he'd served as chief of staff for public corruption; and testified in three federal trials for the prosecution. He forced former Cuyahoga County Coroner Dr. Elizabeth Balraj to admit her investigations of police killings were fraudulent; and to issue notices to local police that her investigators would control police killing investigations. Eric's current work has resulted in Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo accepting the criminal complaint he guided an activist to file against 24 civil rights-violating police officers in the city he once led for operating without valid peace officer credentials. USA Today reporters picked up on Eric's police credentials reporting from his social media page and made it national.

Eric is the author of of his first book, "Fight Police License Plate Spying," which examines the FBI and local police misuse of the National Crime Information Center criminal records history database. An accomplished trumpet player and singer whose friendship with Duke Fakir of the Four Tops resulted in his singing the show's closing song, "Can't Help Myself": Curtis Sliwa of New York's Guardian Angels counts Eric among his founding chapter leaders from the early 1980's role as an Ohio organizer of over 300 volunteer crime fighters in Cleveland, Columbus and Youngstown, Ohio. For his work as a young man Eric was recognized by Cleveland's Urban League as it's 1983 Young Man of the Year.

Known in Cleveland for his encyclopedic knowledge of government and history, and intimately-connected with the region's players, every local major media outlet in Cleveland has picked up on one of Eric's stories since 1979. There is no mainstream newspaper, television or radio outlet in Cleveland that does not include an interview with Eric Jonathan Brewer in its archives over the past 40 years.