Cleveland Mayoral Debate: Voters First (Bibb vs. Kelley)

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After months of campaigning, two candidates remain of the seven who faced off in the September primary election: Justin M. Bibb, a nonprofit executive, and Kevin J. Kelley, president of Cleveland City Council. On Tuesday, November 2, 2021, Clevelanders will have a chance to cast their votes for their city's next mayor — a decision that will have a ripple effect on the entire region.

To help inform voters, Ideastream Public Media, in partnership with The City Club of Cleveland, will present the general election debate with the two Cleveland mayoral candidates. Watch Monday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. on WVIZ, listen on WCPN or stream at ideastream.org/debate.

The debate will feature the voices of Clevelanders on the issues that matter in their neighborhoods and communities, including economic development, infrastructure and the role of the arts. Clevelanders can submit suggestions for questions for the candidates in English or in Spanish at ideastream.org/election2021.


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Nick Castele, senior reporter/producer at Ideastream Public Media, will host the debate. Joining him are a panel of journalists: Lawrence Daniel Caswell, field coordinator at Cleveland Documenters, and Elizabeth McIntyre, executive editor at Crain's Cleveland Business.


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Partners for “Cleveland Mayoral Debate: Voters First" include Crain’s Cleveland Business and Cleveland Documenters. This debate is presented with support from the Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation and Assembly for the Arts.

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