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September 12, 2008

Cleveland-area mayor to replace Tubbs-Jones on ballot

Cleveland-area mayor Marcia Fudge has the inside track to succeed the late Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones in Congress. 

Fudge was picked by Cuyahoga County party officials to be the party's nominee in the general election, where she will be the overwhelming favorite.

To serve the full term, she still has to win a special primary election on October 14, where she will be running against 12 other Democratic candidates.  But getting the party's seal of approval should give her a major boost.  The special general election will be on Nov. 18.

More from the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Warrensville Heights Mayor Marcia Fudge, mentored in politics by the late U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, grabbed the inside track Thursday night to take over her seat.

Fudge won a landslide victory in a vote by Cuyahoga County Democratic Party officials to replace Tubbs Jones as the party's nominee on the Nov. 4 ballot for the 11th Congressional District.

The heavily Democratic district covers much of Cleveland's East Side and many eastern suburbs.

Fudge, 55, said she hoped the vote showed unity and consensus within the party as she heads toward the general election.

"I always said I wanted to find someone who is a consensus candidate, and I believe I'm that candidate," she said as she was mobbed by media and supporters after the vote at Euclid High School.