October 19th, 2009 By | News | Posted In: 2009 Election, City Council, Mayor, School Board

Six Incumbents Snubbed by Women's Caucus

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With two weeks left until Election Day, the Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus has issued a mass mailing informing voters about its endorsed candidates this year for City Council, mayor and school board.

Although it’s no surprise that City Council’s right-leaning minority — Republicans Leslie Ghiz and Chris Monzel, Charterite Chris Bortz and Democrat-in-exile Jeff Berding — didn’t win the organization’s endorsement given their past statements about women’s reproductive rights, two moderate Democrats who are incumbents also didn’t make the cut.

The Women’s Political Caucus didn’t endorse City Councilmen Greg Harris and Cecil Thomas.

Its endorsements included the rest of the Democratic slate: Laketa Cole, Tony Fischer, Nicholas Hollan, Roxanne Qualls, Laure Quinlivan, Bernadette Watson and Wendell Young.

The organization’s recommendation for mayor is Democratic incumbent Mark Mallory.

Also, its endorsed candidates for Cincinnati school board are Ceair Baggett, Joyce Hooks, Catherine Ingram and Lisa Schare.

Founded in the early 1970s, the Women’s Political Caucus was designed to help get more women elected or appointed to public office.

In the intervening years, its mission has expanded to include working to eradicate sexism, racism, anti-Semitism, ageism, violence, poverty, discrimination against the disabled and discrimination on the basis of religion, and ensuring reproductive freedom and freedom of sexual orientation.

10.20.2009 at 09:09 Reply
Hard to understand the snub of Greg Harris. Harris has been a steady progressive voice on the Council and, before that, in Cincinnati politics. At a time when he's being swift boated by the right wing (COAST, the FOP and fire union, Chamber of Commerce, and the Republican Party), his abandonment by progressive groups is troubling. In joining forces with such reactionary groups, the Women's Political Caucus may inadvertently help elect a more conservative Council. Have they lost their political intelligence?