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Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 12:38 PM

3327/1241023283-norbert.jpgSure it was 1964 when perennial candidate Norbert Dennerll last served Cleveland in an elected capacity, but that hasn’t stalled his drive.

The former three-term West Side Councilman, educator, Marine captain and insurance man is 79 now. And still he chose to officially kick off his mayoral bid against Frank Jackson with a lengthy stroll from the gutted Rego Market at Kamm’s Plaza all the way down Lorain Avenue to the West Side Market.

“Dennerll will point out that over 30 buildings are for sale and 88 storefronts are vacant in this short 7-mile walk,” his campaign states in a hand-written press release. A fine point, and a great way to make it. But we wonder whether he’ll be able to have any traction this time around. He’s run for this job, as well as for Congress and the board of county commissioners, more times than we can count. He makes sense — decrying the Cleveland Schools’ 37 percent graduation rate, high property taxes and eschewing of civil-service guidelines — but doesn’t he realize that Old Silver isn’t going anywhere? — Dan Harkins

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