Michelle Dillingham, a former aide to the late city councilman David Crowley, announced Friday she will be a candidate for Cincinnati City Council in 2013.
Dillingham, who is from Kennedy Heights, will seek the Democratic Party's endorsement in the council race.
She is currently working for a regional labor-management fund "to tackle industry issues of mutual interest" to business and labor, "such as transportation funding, family-supporting wages and workforce development," according to her campaign website, www.michelledillingham.com.
Hamilton County Commissioners and other local leaders are throwing their support behind Governor Kasich's plan to use the Ohio Turnpike to generate funding for road projects.
Kasich talked about the proposal during a press conference in Cincinnati Friday, the second day of his state tour promoting it. He said it would generate about $3 billion without leasing the Turnpike or laying off Turnpike employees.
Hamilton County Recorder Wayne Coates reversed his decision to close his office on Fridays due to budget cuts after more money was made available to his office Thursday.
Coates' office put out a statement late Thursday afternoon saying that Coates and Hamilton County commission president Greg Hartmann "reviewed updated recorder revenue projections for 2013 and concluded that more resources should be made available" to allow the office to stay open on Fridays.
Coates said in the statement that his earlier decision to reduce his 21-member staff by three will stand, though.