In Bibb's, above, the candidate describes his personal connection to the police, (his father was a cop), and gun violence, (his cousin was murdered), before outlining his safety plan, which includes getting more officers out from behind desks and into the community, adding mental health support on police calls and enhancing accountability. (Bibb is a supporter of Issue 24, the ballot initiative to increase the powers of the civilian police review board.) Prominent leaders and community members who have endorsed Bibb appear in the bottom quarter of the screen.
In Kelley's ad, below, a narrator and councilmen Blaine Griffin and Kevin Conwell describe Kelley's record dealing with "what worries Clevelanders most": public safety. Kelley calls for getting cops out of cars and walking beats, and re-establishing ward-based safety centers or "mini stations." The narrator alludes to Kelley's involvement in crafting lead-paint legislation and "reducing infant deaths."
Kelley does not speak during the advertisement, which is paid for by an aligned political action committee, Citizens for Cleveland's Future.
The PAC Citizens for Cleveland’s Future has a 30-second spot for Kevin Kelley, featuring interviews with council colleagues Blaine Griffin and Kevin Conwell. pic.twitter.com/WGPN8MgmzC— Nick Castele (@NickCastele) October 20, 2021
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