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LANDSLIDE VICTORY: Councilman Reed's OVI conviction doesn't deter voters

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed coasted to an easy victory in the primary race for re-election.

And that's despite Reed getting busted for drunk driving for a third time.

With all 23 precincts counted, Reed won 83% of the votes. That's a little more than 900 votes. His nearest competitor in Ward 2 received only 85 votes, barely 8%.

Ward 2 has 16,952 registered voters. On Tuesday, only 1,083 voted.

But those who did vote sent a message that they don't care about Reed's third drunk driving conviction, or the fact that he will have to spend 10 days in jail for it.

"I want them to keep in mind I'm still working through my problem," Reed said. "This situation, this problem of alcoholism, is not going to go away simply because I won an election. It's going to be a long hard battle to beat this disease but you know with their support and the support of others out there we'll beat the disease but while we're beating the disease we will continue to make improvements in Ward 2."

Reed will face Marcus Henley in November.

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