PRESS RELEASE Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - Cleveland, OH
Today, former Mayor Michael R. White endorsed nonprofit and business executive Justin Bibb for Mayor at a press conference alongside dozens of neighborhood leaders at Bibb’s childhood home on E. 121st and Dove Ave. on the city’s southeast side.
"Our city is ready for change, for a new leader with fresh ideas for the future. Having done this job for a dozen years, I know what it takes, and Justin Bibb has it. He will lead with the energy, experience and passion Cleveland needs. He is the right leader, and now is the right time,” said White.
“Mayor White was a dynamic, energetic and forward-thinking mayor. He led Cleveland with conviction and was the right leader for his time. I’m proud to have his support and endorsement,” said Justin Bibb.
“Every neighborhood is vital to our city’s future. It starts with safe neighborhoods, reducing crime with accountable, equal justice, stronger education for our children and a commitment to every neighborhood. Strengthening our city begins with making every neighborhood safer, stronger, and more vibrant. As Mayor, I’m committed to putting people and neighborhoods first,” Bibb added.
Joining Bibb and White were nearly 50 neighborhood residents, Students for Bibb and community leaders, including: Bibb’s mother, (Charlene Nichols), Bibb’s grandmother (Sarah Presley), JoAnn White, Fred Cummings, Joe Roman, James Ratner, former Cleveland City Council President Jay Westbrook, Pastor Max Rodas, Retired Pastor Doug Horner, Terry Butler and residents Robert Render, Shanelle Smith Whigham, Paul Sherlock, Roger Scheve and more.
Justin Bibb was raised on the southeast side of the city by his mom who is a social worker and his dad who was both a police officer and firefighter. As a college student, he worked for then-Senator Obama and later earned law and business degrees at Case Western. He currently leads initiatives to help make cities safer and more resilient and launched a nonprofit focused on advancing racial equity and economic opportunity. As Mayor, he’ll invest in all neighborhoods, reform policing, address violent crime, and ensure high-quality education for our children.