The Cincinnati Beacon has the story.
JEFFRE BOWS FROM COUNTY COMMISSIONER RACE, ENDORSES STEPHANIE DUMAS
Cincinnati (OH)—Justin Jeffre withdrew from the Hamilton County Commissioner race today to throw his support to candidate Stephanie Dumas in the May 2 primary election.
"Rather than mount my own campaign,” Jeffre said, “I want to use my resources to help candidates like Stephanie Dumas get fair treatment.”
“I’d also like to reach out to candidate David Pepper: let’s pull together to help a solid, experienced candidate get a fair shake. Let’s get Stephanie Dumas elected.”
Jeffre accused big media of unfair bias in election coverage, citing the failure of local media to report on the “experience gap” between Stephanie Dumas and her opponent, former city councilman and mayoral candidate David Pepper.
“Big media keeps the candidate coverage minimal. Since very little information is disseminated about the candidates’ qualifications or voting records, most voters cast ballots based purely on name recognition. The press is not doing its job getting the real choices out to the public. I want to help change that.” (source)
I like Justin Jeffre's appeal to David Pepper to get out of the race and help the real Democrat, Stephanie Dumas, get elected. People who want to help Dumas can do so in a number of ways.
- You can visit Stephanie's campaign website at www.dumas2006.com to see upcoming events or how to donate money. (Update: I just checked out the website and this information isn't on there. Some people have been critical of Stephanie's website. Why don't you people who know about web design volunteer your services and fix up Stephanie's website. You know she doesn't have a lot of cash. At the very least, help her establish a paypal acount to take online credit card donations.)
- Go to one of Stephanie's fundraisers. That Deborah Girl has informed me that Stephanie is having a fundraiser in the near future at Jordan's Crossing. (I don't have the info handy but I'll update this blog with it later.) Stephanie needs money to win this race and she doesn't have a fortune 100 company behind her or the local Democratic Party. She's got to do it on her own. She can win if we help her. Always remember, a million people are more powerful than one guy with a million dollars.
This seems like a good place to laugh about the Son of P & G stealing Mayor Mark Mallory's themes from the Mayoral campaign and trying to use them against Phil Heimlich. In this recent story in the Community Press, David (1) accuses Phil of presiding over a chaotic County Commission and (2) says that he is the candidate who can bring people together. Yes, he stole those themes from Mayor Mallory. I can't believe he had the nerve to say this:
"The number one attribute I can bring to the county is the ability to get all people from all walks of life, all parties, working together...."
Dude, please! When did you ever bring Cincinnatians together? You didn't. Not during your last campaign which was nasty and racially divisive. And not during your 4 years on Council in which you attacked many but accomplished nothing.