Ken Lanci – Democratic Candidate for Mayor
Endorsed by the Cleveland Police Patrolman's Association, the American Center for Economic Equality, and the Black Contractors Group, Inc.
Ken Lanci understands that the quality of life for the people that live in this city has been declining. During the eight years of the current city leadership, things have gotten worse, not better. Ken has spoken to the residents. He has sat in their homes. He has heard their stories. Murders are increasing at an alarming rate. Poverty has increased from 27% in 2006 to 34% today. The education system for our city's children is worse today than it was when the current mayor took office. These facts are unacceptable.
Ken is running for Mayor to fight for the residents of Cleveland.
Ken Lanci was born in a housing project on the east side of Cleveland. He spent a half dozen years on public assistance with his family. The days on East 110th and Woodland were hard.
Ken’s family moved out of the city when he was eight years old, but he returned to work part-time at Offset Color and Printing on East 30th Street when he was just thirteen. After graduating high school, Ken began working full time in Cleveland, and in 1987 he began making substantial real estate investments within the city.
For over 40 years, Ken has worked hard to create jobs and build businesses in Cleveland. He has turned around failing businesses and made them successful in the community.
Ken founded the Cleveland-based Consolidated Graphics Group (CGG) in 1996 and launched the Consolidated Technologies Group in 2008. Together, these companies employ over 150 Clevelanders. CGG generates over $25 million in sales per year, translating into significant annual tax and real estate revenues for the City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Public Schools.
While other firms were shutting down or migrating out of greater Cleveland, Ken Lanci kept his faith and commitment to the neighborhood and continues to work at the same facility near East 40th Street. Additionally, Ken calls downtown Cleveland home, residing at East 12th and St. Clair Avenue.
Read about Ken Lanci's Pledge to Cleveland from his closing remarks at the September 18 Mayoral Debate at the City Club of Cleveland. Click here.
Ken’s Heart is in Cleveland.
Ken’s heart is in Cleveland as evidenced by his many years of humanitarian and philanthropic works dedicated specifically to Cleveland residents. Project Love and OneSight are just two examples of significant programs Ken has spearheaded to benefit the children of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the residents of Cleveland.
In 2007, Ken suffered a cardiac arrest. He was shocked back to life within sixty seconds and through the grace of God has no long term heart damage today. Ken describes the cardiac arrest as the life-changing event which offered him a second-chance where working for the greater good of all must be his top priority. Ken maintains a faith-based campaign and often sites the Corinthians verse “Faith, Hope, Love; and the greater of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Six years ago Ken and his wife Linda brought the OneSight Program to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Ken and Linda petitioned to bring the program specifically to the Cleveland City Schools and became the program’s sole sponsor. This program has had an incredibly positive impact for kids. If a child can’t see, the challenges to learning increase dramatically. Through the OneSight Program, over 12,000 free eye exams and eyeglasses were provided to Cleveland’s school-aged children. The total value of this gift exceeded $7 million dollars.
Ken has spent his life supporting programs for the residents of Cleveland. Cleveland is where his heart is.
Read about Ken's plan for a safer Cleveland through cooperation between the residents and local law enforcement.
Hear about Ken's thoughts on the quality of education in Cleveland and how it can improve.
It’s all about choice.
Ken could have dedicated his life-time of business development / job creation efforts and his philanthropic endeavors anywhere. He always chose to remain faithful to his Cleveland roots. He chose to create opportunities for the children in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. He chose to stay and provide his time and business tax dollars to the City of Cleveland. Ken Lanci is a lifelong Clevelander, and believes that with the help of the residents, “Together, We Will Do Better.”
On August 22, The Cleveland Police Patrolman's Union's membership voted to endorse businessman Ken Lanci in his bid to unseat Mayor Frank Jackson. On August 29, the American Center for Economic Equality (ACEE) and the Black Contractors Group held a rally at City Hall to announce their endorsement of Ken Lanci.
“I will fight the fight. But I am one person," Ken said to a crowd of hundreds gathered at City Hall. "It’s up to all of you to help get me there. And together, I promise we will do better.”
Vote for Ken Lanci this November, and join in the revitalization of the City of Cleveland.
Below is the complete video from the September 18 City Club Mayoral Debate.