Cleveland Mayoral Debate: Voters First – Bibb vs Kelley

Date: Monday, October 11, 2021
Time: 7:30pm
Where to Watch: Listen on WCPN or stream at

In May 2021, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announced he would not be seeking a fifth term as Mayor of Cleveland—opening up a race for new After months of campaigning, two candidates remain of the seven who faced off in the September primary election: Justin M. Bibb, a nonprofit executive, and Kevin J. Kelley, president of Cleveland City Council. On Tuesday, November 2, 2021, Clevelanders will have a chance to cast their votes for their city’s next mayor — a decision that will have a ripple effect on the entire region.

To help inform voters, Ideastream Public Media, in partnership with The City Club of Cleveland, will present the general election debate with the two Cleveland mayoral candidates. Watch Monday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. on WVIZ, listen on WCPN or stream at

The debate will feature the voices of Clevelanders on the issues that matter in their neighborhoods and communities, including economic development, infrastructure and the role of the arts. Clevelanders can submit suggestions for questions for the candidates in English or in Spanish at

Rick Jackson, senior host/producer at Ideastream Public Media, will host the debate. Joining him are a panel of journalists: Nick Castele, senior reporter/producer at Ideastream Public Media; Lawrence Daniel Caswell, field coordinator at Cleveland Documenters and Elizabeth McIntyre, executive editor at Crain’s Cleveland Business.


Oct 11 2021


7:30 pm

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