Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Recall Vote Set for East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 2:25 PM

East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton will face a recall vote in December, one that comes at a time of perilously depleted city coffers and a thick layer of political tension.

City Council President Tom Wheeler will also face a recall vote.

"This is a horrible expenditure of funds given the city's current financial provision, and beyond that, switching a single mayor or single councilman will have no impact on the city's financial situation and the city's economy," Norton told

With a price tag of some $25,000, the election comes at a difficult time. East Cleveland is well known in Ohio for its wildly mismanaged local budget and the routine news of city equipment falling apart and city services being cut off.

By the same token, residents are locked in an ongoing debate over the possibility of a merger with the city of Cleveland — something Norton once opposed vehemently and now supports heartily. It's hard to separate the special election from that merger discussion, and it'll be worth watching how the vote affects those talks (which, at any rate, aren't off to a robust start). 

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 5, 2022

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2022 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation