WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about what is like to be a high profile race this fall because of the names involved - the race for Hamilton County probate judge.
Sean Patrick Feeney said this afternoon he has rejected attempts by Democratic Party leaders to get him to step aside in the Hamilton County commission race for former mayor Charlie Luken.
"I'm committed to this; and I am going to continue on,'' said Feeney, a technology consultant who lives in North College Hill.
Earlier in the day, Hamilton County Democratic Party chairman Tim Burke said he wanted Feeney, a first-time candidate, to step aside so the Democrats could run former Cincinnati mayor Charlie Luken against Republican incumbent Chris Monzel.
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.