CLEVELAND, Ohio — Political candidates achieve supporters for quite a lot of causes: their data, their messages, the guarantees they make.
Within the race for Cleveland mayor, there’s one more reason for Warrensville Heights Mayor Brad Sellers to help Cleveland Metropolis Councilman Zack Reed over incumbent Mayor Frank Jackson.
“Blood is thicker than water,” he stated.
Proper. However what’s that received to do with Sellers and Reed?
“His father is my father, and my father is his father,” stated Reed.
It isn’t a riddle and, actually, it isn’t a secret, both. They’re each the sons of a person named Robert Sellers.
Individuals within the neighborhoods the place they grew up know, they stated, as do most of the voters Reed encounters. However they acknowledge lots of people do not know.
“I do not run a banner throughout city, however those that are near us realize it,” stated Sellers. Forgive the informal observer for not placing two and two collectively. Sellers, a former NBA participant, is 7-ft tall. Reed is 6’2″. That is tall, however not duck-by means of-the-doorway tall.
Robert Sellers, their dad, was well-known locally as former commissioner of the favored B-Buzz baseball league within the Lee-Harvard neighborhood, the place all of his 5 sons performed. He died in 1997.
Zack and his brothers Greg and Robert are Reeds, having taken the surname of their mom, Leona. Brad and his brother Marvin, who’re youthful than the Reeds, are the youngsters of Robert and Jean Sellers.
Whereas they did not reside collectively, they lived shut by for a part of their childhood and the brothers all knew one another. They performed within the B-Buzz league, and in decide-up basketball video games.
“We have by no means hidden it. That was one factor about my dad; he by no means hid the truth that he had 5 sons. Everyone we grew up with knew,” Reed stated.
“All it’s a must to do is take a look at us. All 5 boys look alike,” Reed stated.
“5 faces that appear to be my dad,” stated Sellers.
Because the uphill marketing campaign nears the house stretch, Sellers says he is knocking on doorways for Reed, assembly with potential voters, “and no matter he needs me to do.” Reed did the identical for him when he first ran for mayor in Warrensville Heights in 2011.
Sellers stated he has nothing towards Jackson.
“I like everyone on this race, and after this race, I am nonetheless going to love everyone,” he stated. “Relating to my household, come on, get out of right here. That is my blood so you already know the place I am at.”
The tumult in Reed’s life, his battle with alcoholism and drunken driving convictions, was troubling. “This world is a…