CLEVELAND — Lorain native and entrepreneur Tony Madalone will run for Cleveland mayor against incumbent Mayor Frank Jackson, a Democrat who is seeking re-election to a fourth term in November.
Madalone’s bid for mayor was announced Wednesday on his campaign website, tonymadalone.com.
Madalone, an Ohio City resident, was raised by a single mother and grandparents and attended Open Door Christian Schools. He was captain of the Patriots basketball team that went to the 2003 state Final Four.
Madalone went to Ashland University and began selling vintage T-shirts out of his dorm room on eBay. In 2009 he started his own company — Fresh Brewed Tees — printing shirts he designed.
According to his campaign website, Madalone says there is no strategy to collectively strengthen and grow the city of Cleveland.
“Our leaders have focused on temporary projects, one-time fixes, and silver bullets,” it says on the site. “As I watch and listen to our current administration and other candidates, it’s obvious to see the narrative hasn’t changed.”
Madalone says it is time for a new mindset, new energy and for the people to have a voice. According to his site he intends to focus on education, economic development, transportation and safety.