(Cleveland) - Can Ken Lanci unseat Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson?
Lanci and Jackson held a heated debate Wednesday afternoon at the City Club of Cleveland. Jackson is seeking a third term against Lanci, who previously ran for Cuyahoga County Executive.
Lanci is a businessman who's made some headlines with his upside billboards and last Sunday’s spiritual concert at the Wolstein Center.
Listen to the one-on-one debate portion:
Listen to the question and answer session:
Lanci went on the offensive early categorizing the Jackson’s tenure as 8 years of failed policies and broken promises. He called for major education and law enforcement reforms.
Lanci proposed bringing Golden Gloves boxing to the schools to give unruly or at risk kids discipline, and suggested pairing teens with sponsoring motorcycle clubs to keep them away from drugs and gangs.
Lanci said he would seek to improve tourism by encouraging cruise ships to sail on the Great Lakes bringing new visitors to Cleveland's downtown.
Jackson countered by claiming Cleveland's downtown and neighborhoods are being improved with millions of dollars in new investments.
He accused Lanci of disrespecting Cleveland students and their families by suggesting they are the cause of low performing schools.
Jackson said he is a life-long resident of Cleveland, and did not leave the city only to return to run for mayor like Lanci.
Jackson charged that at age 66, he doesn't need the job of mayor, but wants to make sure the programs he has started are institutionalized.
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