Thursday, September 4, 2008
Marcia Fudge, front-runner
With county commissioner Peter Lawson Jones deciding not to run for Congress, Warrensville Heights Mayor Marcia Fudge is now the front-runner to succeed Stephanie Tubbs Jones in Washington next year.
Fudge was Tubbs Jones' chief of staff and protege, long considered a possible successor to her.
You can read Cleveland Magazine's January 2007 profile of Fudge here.
The local Democratic party is holding a Sept. 11 meeting to choose who will take Tubbs Jones' place on the November ballot. That candidate will be heavily favored over the Republican in the heavily Democratic district. Mayor Frank Jackson and former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes plan to interview the candidates and issue an influential endorsement. Others running include former state senators Jeff Johnson and C.J. Prentiss and former Cleveland city councilman Bill Patmon.