CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Tony Madalone, the owner of the popular northeast Ohio t-shirt company Fresh Brewed Tees, announced on Wednesday that he is running for the mayor's seat in Cleveland. Dozens showed up for his announcement at his campaign headquarters in Slavic Village.
"I'm running for the mayor of Cleveland because this city needs change and because there are a whole lot of people behind me as you can see here and on social. You'll see throughout the course of this campaign that are anxious and ready for change," he said.
A statement posted on Madalone's website says:
Our leaders have focused on temporary projects, one-time fixes, and silver bullets. As I watch and listen to our current administration and other candidates, it's obvious to see the narrative hasn't changed.
It's time for a new mindset and new energy. It's time for the people to have a voice.
"My hope is that if you don't take me seriously, we have a conversation and I'm able to tell you about it, tell you how I feel about the community and the hearts of the people. I don't expect anyone to believe I'm credible until I prove it to them," said Madalone.
The Cleveland mayoral election will be held Nov. 7. Madalone joins other potential candidates including, current Mayor Frank Jackson, Cleveland city councilmen Jeff Johnson and Zach Reed, businessman Brandon Chrostowski, former East Cleveland Mayor Eric Brewer, and others.