Nonprofit exec, council president to vie for Cleveland mayor

This March 31, 2017 photo shows Justin Bibb, in Cleveland. Bibb, 34, is the chief strategy officer for Urbanova, a public-private partnership that focuses on mid-sized cities. He is running against Council President Kevin Kelley, 53, who was first elected to City Council in 2005 and became council president in 2013. Both are attorneys. (James Douglas Shields via AP)
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This March 31, 2017 photo shows Justin Bibb, in Cleveland. Bibb, 34, is the chief strategy officer for Urbanova, a public-private partnership that focuses on mid-sized cities. He is running against Council President Kevin Kelley, 53, who was first elected to City Council in 2005 and became council president in 2013. Both are attorneys. (James Douglas Shields via AP)

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Credit: James Douglas Shields

A nonprofit executive and the City Council president will face off in November to determine who will succeed Cleveland's longtime mayor

CLEVELAND (AP) — A nonprofit executive and the City Council president will face off in November to determine who will succeed Cleveland's longtime mayor.

According to unofficial results, Justin Bibb received 27% of the vote and Council President Kevin Kelley 19% on Tuesday in a nonpartisan primary field that featured seven Democratic candidates.

Dennis Kucinich, who was elected as the country's youngest big-city mayor in 1977 and subsequently served eight terms in Congress, finished third, receiving nearly 17% of the vote. Kucinich conceded on Tuesday night.

Frank Jackson, the longest serving mayor in city history, is stepping down in January after choosing not to seek a fifth four-year term in office.

Bibb, 34, is the chief strategy officer for Urbanova, a public-private partnership that focuses on mid-sized cities. Kelley, 53, was first elected to City Council in 2005 and became council president in 2013. Both are attorneys.

Cleveland City Council President and Cleveland mayoral candidate Kevin Kelley speaks after voting at the St. Thomas More School polling location on primary Election Day, Tuesday, September 14, 2021, in Brooklyn, Ohio. Voters in Cleveland headed to the polls on Tuesday to narrow a field of seven candidates to two in a race to succeed longtime Democratic Mayor Frank Jackson. (John Kuntz/Cleveland.com via AP)
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Cleveland City Council President and Cleveland mayoral candidate Kevin Kelley speaks after voting at the St. Thomas More School polling location on primary Election Day, Tuesday, September 14, 2021, in Brooklyn, Ohio. Voters in Cleveland headed to the polls on Tuesday to narrow a field of seven candidates to two in a race to succeed longtime Democratic Mayor Frank Jackson. (John Kuntz/Cleveland.com via AP)

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Former Cleveland Mayor and U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich gives a peace sign after voting, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in Cleveland. The Cleveland mayoral primary has seven candidates vying for the position. The top 2 from the mayoral primary will compete in the Nov. 2 general election. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Former Cleveland Mayor and U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich gives a peace sign after voting, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in Cleveland. The Cleveland mayoral primary has seven candidates vying for the position. The top 2 from the mayoral primary will compete in the Nov. 2 general election. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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