The town hall began around 5:30 p.m. Mayor Jackson kicked off the event by announcing he will not be running for re-election. He served as the city’s mayor for four terms.
While he is not seeking re-election, Mayor Jackson says he will be fulfilling the remainder of his current term.
He touted some of his accomplishments in office such as balancing the budget during hard financial times, revitalizing the city and reforming the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
The mayor also answered questions from residents who were listening by phone and watching online.
One Clevelander asked Mayor Jackson who he is endorsing and he said, at this time, he is not endorsing anyone. He did indicate that he will be watching the race and will make a decision after evaluating the candidates.
Mayor Jackson is Cleveland’s longest-serving mayor, taking office in January 2006, after defeating Mayor Jane Campbell.
Before serving as mayor, he was the president of Cleveland City Council for five years. Jackson was elected to council in 1989 and represented the central neighborhood where he grew up.