A showdown this fall between two of the most potent political names in Hamilton County is coming this fall when Democrat Charlie Luken takes on Repubican Ralph E. "Ted" Winkler for a probate court judgeship.
Both come from families with decades-long track records of winning elections in Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
Luken - a former Cincinnati mayor and one-term congressman - filed petitions with the Hamilton County Board of Elections Tuesday to run for the probate court seat of Judge James Cissell, who can't run for re-election because of Ohio's judicial age limit law.
A Hamilton County grand jury indicted juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter on a ninth count Tuesday, this one for misuse of a credit card. Hunter was indicted on 8 other felony charges last week, including tampering with evidence, theft in office and forgery. The Ohio Supreme Court ordered her off the bench until her criminal case is over. She's scheduled to be in court Friday.
Here's what WVXU's Ann Thompson reported last Friday on the original indictments: