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EAST CLEVELAND, OHIO – It’s Election Day in East Cleveland Tuesday where politics are passionate and personal.

It’s another special election, this one to decide whether Mayor Gary Norton and Council President Thomas Wheeler will keep their jobs or be recalled.

Norton argues he’s done a good job keeping the struggling suburb afloat.

He points to a big pay-down of debt and money saved by cutting overtime and converting to self-funded health care.

He also claims a new Salvation Army Center, with programs for young people and seniors, will be a needed addition.

And he boasts of the first new shopping space built in the city in decades.

A handful of passionate opponents are working to oust him.

They argue he is undermining residents’ confidence in their city by pushing an annexation plan.

Norton says the city’s long-range financial picture is unsustainable.

Critics blame him for a construction materials dump locating in the city near homes.

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Article Courtesy of WKYC Channel 3 News Cleveland

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