The Cleveland Mayoral Race 1977 continues….. The Ed Feighan Interview


It’s 1977.  We’re a three-way race for mayor of Cleveland and WMMS was covering the campaign.  We invited the three candidates – two Democrats, Dennis Kucinich and Ed Feighan, and incumbent Republican mayor Ralph Perk to be interviewed on our afternoon drive public affairs show, We, The People.   Both Kucinich and Feighan accepted our invitation.  Perk did not.

Kucinich and Feighan won the top spots in a non-partisan primary, which ousted incumbent Perk.  In the runoff election, Feighan had the party’s endorsement.

Democrat Ed Feighan’s political career began as a State Representative from Cleveland in 1972. He spent six years in the Ohio Legislature.  He was 30 years old when he ran for mayor as the chosen candidate by the Cleveland Democratic Party but lost the close race to Dennis Kucinich.

Feighan spent four years as a Cuyahoga County Commissioner served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving Ohio’s 19th Congressional District, from 1983 to 1993.

Feighan is currently chairman and CEO of  ProCentury Corporation and lives in Columbus, Ohio.


Murray Saul on the interview:

Ed Feighan won the democratic nomination for mayor of ClevelandEd came from a well connected family.  His uncle was a congressman.

The Federal court had just ordered busing, in order to desegregate the Cleveland schools.  By limiting the order to the city, it was pretty obvious it would merely re-segregate the schools, but he didn’t want to hear it.

He lost to Dennis. He wasn’t blue collar enough, or black enough I guess.

He moved to Columbus, and started a new life. 

(The views and opinions of Murray’s comments are his own and do not represent….you know the rest)

Please allow time for the interview to buffer

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