Seven candidates competed in the 2005 Cleveland mayoral primary. The final two candidates are Jane L. Campbell and Frank G. Jackson.
Campbell, elected in 2001, is Cleveland's 56th and first female mayor and is seeking her second four-year term. She has been an active civic leader, involved as founding director of WomenSpace of Cleveland and member of Ward 4 Democratic Club, Cuyahoga County Democratic party Executive Committee, National Council of State Legislators; Woman's Network; Ohio Democratic party Executive Committee (vice chair), and Cuyahoga County Legislative Delegation (co-chair).
Jackson began his public service career as an assistant city prosecutor in the Cleveland Municipal Court Clerk’s Office. He was elected to Cleveland City Council representing Ward 5 in 1990 and became City Council President in 2001.