The makeup of the Hamilton County Commission won't change after Tuesday’s elections. When County Commission President Chris Monzel voted to separate Music Hall from the “Save Our Icons” proposal, some voters were incensed, and took a renewed interest in his re-election campaign. His official Democratic challenger was Sean Patrick Feeney, a relative unknown to local politics. Feeney refused to step aside for a more well-known name: former Vice Mayor Jim Tarbell. Tarbell mounted his own write-in campaign. But in the end, it didn't matter. Tarbell pulled in only about 3.5% of the vote, w
A group that wants to change the pension system for city of Cincinnati employees has enough valid signatures to place a charter amendment on the November ballot, according to the Hamilton County Board of Elections.
The group, Cincinnati Pension Reform, turned in 16,116 signatures and 9,726 turned out to be valid signatures of Cincinnati voters. They needed 7,443 to make the ballot.
The group paid nearly $70,000 to a California firm that specializes in putting paid petition circulators on the ground in Cincinnati and gathered the signatures within a few weeks.