Cincinnati Council election

Next Tuesday Cincinnati voters decide who’s going to lead the city for the next four years, as they elect a new mayor and city council. Assistant Director for Philosophy, Politics, and the Public Honors Program at Xavier University, Dr. Gene Beaupre, and Cincinnati Enquirer Assistant Editor, Government and Public Affairs, Carl Weiser, join Howard Wilkinson and Jay Hanselman to look at the races, and the issues on the ballot November 5.

It is entirely possible that, this November, two immovable objects will collide on the ballot in Cincinnati.

There is, unless the appeals court intervenes, every likelihood that the referendum to repeal the parking lease passed by Cincinnati City Council will be on the ballot – opponents of the lease plan came up with thousands more signatures than they needed to qualify for the ballot.

And there is a Cincinnati City Council election, with all nine seats up for grabs.

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Former Cincinnati mayor and congressman David Mann was snubbed by the Cincinnati Democratic Committee's nominating committee for an endorsement of his city council campaign, but he is not taking it lying down.

Mann sent a letter Friday to the full membership of the Cincinnati Democratic Committee (CDC), which will meet Saturday, May 4th at the Letter Carriers Hall in Northside to vote on the nominating committee's recommendations.

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Democrat Cecil Thomas made official today what he told WVXU two months ago – that he will resign from Cincinnati City Council, have his wife, Pam Thomas, appointed to replace him, and run for the Ohio Senate in 2014.

His resignation will take effect after Wednesday’s council meeting.

Thomas, in a press conference this morning at the law office of Hamilton County Democratic Party chairman Tim Burke, said that his wife would be sworn in after the Wednesday meeting.

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A first-time candidate, businesswoman Melissa Wegman of East Price Hill, will kick off her campaign for a seat on Cincinnati City Council with a reception Thursday at the Incline Public House in her home neighborhood.

Wegman - who is vice president of The Wegman Company, a commercial furniture services company - is a first time candidate for elective office; and she will run with an endorsement from the Hamilton County Republican Party, according to GOP county chairman Alex Triantafilou.

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Mike Moroski, the former assistant principal at Purcell Marian High School who was fired this month for saying gays should be allowed to marry, announced his candidacy for Cincinnati City Council on his personal website Wednesday.

Moroski told WVXU this morning that he had originally planned to run in 2017, but his firing from Purcell Marian by the Archodiocese of Cincinnati on Feb. 9 for writing that "gay people SHOULD be allowed to marry" on his blog, hastened his time table.