Jackson Jettisons D.C. Manager, Hires Young Local Attorney to Lead Campaign

Michael Bowen - Taft, Stettinius & Hollister
Taft, Stettinius & Hollister
Michael Bowen
The Real Deal Press is reporting that Mayor Frank Jackson has parted ways with D.C. campaign manager Wayne Clarke, whom he'd hired in July, and has brought on a young local attorney to replace him. 

Michael Bowen, 30, is an associate at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister. Last year, he was among Crain's 20 in their Twenties.

"Bowen is now in charge of a campaign team that includes political consultant Jon Benedict of R Strategy Group and Bill Burges of Burges and Burges," Richard Andrews reports. "Benedict will serve as chief strategist for the campaign. Burges, considered the town’s most experienced political consultant but who had been sidelined by Clarke earlier this summer, will direct the media effort."

The Jackson campaign has not yet confirmed the hire, but Andrews says that Bowen will be on leave from his firm until the campaign wraps up.

Though he is young, Bowen's mother was a Shaker Heights Councilwoman (Lynn Ruffner). He is also, at least in the estimation of University Circle Inc's Chris Ronayne, quite the people person.

“What immediately struck me was Mike’s ability to navigate any room in town, any community," Ronayne said in Bowen's Crain's write-up last year. "He is as at ease in a board room as he is in a church basement, and he was conversant on all sides of town. He really understands the networks in our community and that will take him far.”

Frank Jackson will square off against City Councilman Zack Reed on November 7.
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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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