CLEVELAND – Kevin Kelley’s campaign for mayor continues to build momentum with an important endorsement from Ward 7 Council Member and former mayoral candidate Basheer Jones. Today, Council Member Jones, along with a host of Ward 7 residents and supporters, announced his support for Kevin Kelley at Carrie Cain Playground, located at E. 79th Street and Pulaski Avenue. 

“This race is not about race but about renaissance, results, and resources. President Kelley and I have worked together to build parks, create jobs, and bring development to my neighborhood. His work as a social worker, Councilman and Council President gives him the experience to understand what it takes to lead our city to the next level,” said Jones. “I will work with the future Mayor to ensure that my community’s concerns are heard and addressed. President Kelley has always been a man of his word and soon he will have the seat to implement change.”

Jones points to Council President Kelley’s partnership and leadership on Council that helped spur nearly half a billion dollars of investment in Ward 7. 

“I want to thank Councilman Jones for his support and for standing with me as I work to become Cleveland’s next mayor,” said Kelley. “His commitment and passion for making Cleveland a stronger, safer city for the residents of Ward 7 and all who live in Cleveland comes through in everything that he does. It’s this kind of partnership and collaboration that will really move our city forward.”


In addition to Council Member Jones, Kelley has received the endorsement of:

  • Council Member Blaine Griffin
  • Council Member Brian Mooney
  • Dan and Dona Brady
  • Mayor Frank G. Jackson
  • Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley
  • Cuyahoga County Council Member Yvonne Conwell
  • Cleveland City Council Member Kevin Conwell
  • G-PAC
  • C.A.M.E.O
  • IUOE Local 18
  • IKORCC Carpenters Local No. 373
  • The Association of Cleveland Firefighters IAFF Local 93 
  • Plumbers Union Local 55
  • Pipefitters Local Union 120
  • Cleveland Building & Construction Trades Council and their affiliated unions: 
    • Boilermakers Local 744
    • Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 5
    • Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 16
    • Carpenters Local 435
    • Cement Masons Local 404
    • Electrical Workers Local 38
    • Electrical Workers Local 673
    • Elevator Constructors Local 17
    • Glaziers Local 181
    • Heat & Frost Insulators Local 3
    • Iron Workers Local 17
    • Laborers Local 245
    • Laborers Local 310
    • Millwright Pile Driver Local 1090
    • Plasterers Local 526 (formerly Plasterers Local 31)
    • Roofers & Waterproofers Local 44
    • Sheet Metal Workers Local 33
    • Sign, Display & Allied Trades Local 639
    • Teamsters Local 407
    • Teamsters Local 436
    • Tile Layers Local 36

For more information about Kevin J. Kelley’s Cleveland Jobs Now plan and position on supporting working families, ending the digital divide, educating and training residents for careers that pay well enough to support their families and ensuring every neighborhood is healthy, strong and safe, visit and follow @kevinkelleyCLE on Twitter.