A familiar face in local politics has traded in one job for another.
Jeff Cramerding, the longtime executive director of the Charter Committee, quietly resigned from that position on Sept. 2 to become a full-time campaign consultant. Cramerding was hired by Charter — Cincinnati’s unofficial third political party — in December 2000.
Although not well-known by the general public, Cramerding is a controversial figure in political circles.
Supporters say he is a brilliant political strategist who has helped manage several winning campaigns, including Democrat David Pepper’s 2006 race for the Hamilton County Commission and Charterite Chris Bortz’ 2005 campaign for Cincinnati City Council.
Also, Cramerding has provided campaigning advice to City Councilwoman Leslie Ghiz, a Republican, and Councilman Jeff Berding, a Democrat, in the past.
Critics, however, call Cramerding arrogant, adding that he cannot accept criticism. Additionally, his role as a registered lobbyist at City Hall for a real estate development firm in 2003 has been questioned.
The Charter Committee hasn’t yet selected Cramerding’s replacement, according to a spokeswoman.