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The 2007 Cincinnati City Council election has already started. Here's the Cincinnati Black Blog's update.
- Jim Tarbell is term limited. Some Charterites are trying to convince Tarbell that he should leave Council early and give his seat to another Charterite, perhaps Dawn Denno. If Tarbell refuses, the Charter Committee risks losing his seat, and Charter will only have 1 representative on Council.
- Jeff Berding and Leslie Ghiz have been in office for a year now. The Council hasn't accomplished a thing. So, Berding and Ghizzy have apparently decided to run on an anti-Mark Mallory platform. In the blog entry "Mallory: `Stand at ease.'" Enquirer columnist Dan Klepal explains how Berding wants to change the rules (the same rules he was cautioned against adopting) to take power away from Mayor Mallory.
- I'm hearing that Westwood Concern is so disappointed with do-nothing Cecil Thomas, they've decided they aren't going to endorse him again.
- Even though Ghizzy keeps fighting and disrespecting the Republican Party (she endorsed David Pepper) she has apparently convinced the Party to limit their endorsments to her, Chris Monzel, Charlie Winburn and no more than 2 other people. In an act of revenge, Ghizzy has told Party leaders that she will not run on the ticket if it includes Sam Malone.
- Malone isn't the only person interested in a comeback. Minette Cooper, Christopher Smitherman, and Alicia Reece all plan to run in 2007. (Our sources tell us that John Cranley went to his Democratic comrades on Council and asked them to appoint Reece to his seat if he beat Steve Chabot. That's why Reece worked so hard on John's behalf, and was giving interviews from his "victory" party. Plus, Reece wants to challenge Chabot in 2008 and saw first hand how John worked with the national Dems.) Of course, Reece always keeps more than one option open. I hear Reece has asked Governor-elect Ted Strickland to give her an appointment in Columbus, perhaps on the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.
- You heard it here first. Cranley is not going to finish his term. As soon as the City of Cincinnati passes it's budget, Cranley is going to step down early. Westsider Steve Driehaus will be appointed to take Cranley's place. Cranley would take Driehaus' place in the General Assembly (I've also heard that Cranley wouldn't mind switching places with Cincinnati School Board member Melanie Bates and serving with his mom, School Board President Susan Cranley).
- The following people have either expressed interest in running or been courted as candidates: State Representatives Catherine Barrett and Tom Brinkman, Jr., Melanie Bates, Tom Jones, WDBZ radio personality Emanuel Livingston (my younger brother), Damon Lynch III, Paul McGhee, Victoria Straughn, Eric Wilson, Pete Witte, and Wendell Young. (Update: A commenter says Brian Garry already announced his candidacy. CityBeat reports that Greg Harris has thrown his hat in the ring.)
- Fanon Rucker isn't going to run for Council; he wants Strickland to appoint him to replace Judge William Mallory, Jr. who is moving from the Hamilton County Municipal Court to the Common Pleas Court.