“From the streets to the boardroom, I’ll never stop fighting for Cleveland,” Bibb said in his announcement materials. “I love this city and I believe we have the potential to become a model of revival and opportunity.” We have the right resources to revitalize our city and we are uniquely positioned to fuel America’s economic recovery. ”
Bibb was born and raised in Cleveland’s Mountain. Pleasant neighborhood and holds a law and business degree from Case Western Reserve University. He has been a professional and nonprofit expert for at least the past decade, working for both Gallup and KeyBank. He now manages a portfolio of “cutting-edge” projects for Tacoma, Washington-based nonprofit Urbanova, which seeks to find smart city solutions in midsize cities across the country. He recently founded the Cleveland Can’t Wait nonprofit, which focuses on building opportunity in underserved neighborhoods.
With a professional background “at the interface of government, business and the non-profit sector”, Bibb describes himself as a “courageous, dynamic and visionary leader” who can bring both his professional and lived experience to the city government. He says he will use new strategies and technologies “to make neighborhoods safer, communities healthier and healthier.” [the] Economy stronger. ”
In a virtual launch on Tuesday, he outlined a number of key campaign issues, including public safety (more officers on the street, better enforcement of the consent decree, new police models); Education (accelerating change in CMSD by investing in teachers and modernizing curricula); and economic development (fair economic policies that focus on new jobs and higher wages).
He highlighted what he called the “back to basics” agenda for the town hall and said he wanted to provide services more efficiently and to make doing business with the city easier. He said he wanted to raise the residents’ voices and “build democracy” as more than an election year exercise.
During his career, Bibb said he had one main focus: bringing people together. And he said, as mayor, he would work to convene Clevelanders “from the grass roots to the grass tops.”
“The next mayor has to be a unified boss with the energy and insight to do things differently,” he said.
Bibb will be among several high profile mayoral candidates in 2021. And despite his lack of experience in the elected office, he has already raised significant donations, making him one of the first heavy hitters of the race. Scene reported last month that just three months after forming an exploratory committee, Bibb raised more than $ 180,000 from local and non-local donors.
Bibb clearly has the resources to produce professional-quality campaign material. And he also has a respected political agent by his side. Ryan Puente, who recently resigned as executive director of the Democratic Party of Cuyahoga County, where he has been widely recognized for his calm, organized leadership, will lead Bibb’s campaign.
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