CLEVELAND – A suburban Cleveland mayor has won a special congressional primary for the chance to serve the final two months of Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones' term.
Warrensville Heights Mayor Marcia Fudge beat out eight other Democrats in the Tuesday election. With turnout estimated at less than 10 percent, unofficial results show Fudge had 10,753 votes. Her closest challenger, Jeffrey Johnson, had 2,028 votes.
Fudge advances to a Nov. 18 special election, possibly against an independent candidate whose petitions are under review.
Tubbs Jones was 58 when she died on Aug. 20 after suffering a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm.
Fudge is a former chief of staff to Tubbs Jones and her party's choice to succeed her. She faces Republican Thomas Pekarek on Nov. 4 for a two-year term beginning in January.