June 2nd, 2010 By | News | Posted In: City Council, Democrats, 2011 Election

Cole's Replacement: 14th-Place Finisher?


As Laketa Cole prepares to leave Cincinnati City Council for a state government job, sources say she’s settled on Wendell Young as her replacement.

Multiple sources at City Hall and within the Democratic Party are talking about Young’s apparent selection and expressing surprise because he has ran unsuccessfully in three City Council elections and finished in 14th place in 2009’s balloting for the nine council seats, behind fellow Democrats Greg Harris (10th) and Bernadette Watson (11th).

Party insiders are particularly puzzled by the choice because Young never improved much on his election results — in terms of vote totals and overall placement — in his races in 2005, 2007 and 2009, never finishing above 14th place.

Also, Young wasn’t an active campaigner, they added. The factors make them question whether he can hold onto the seat during the 2011 council elections.

By comparison, Cole is skipping the 10th-highest vote getter (Harris), who was a loyal ally while on council and had the best record on black issues according to the local NAACP’s scorecard, as well as the 11th-place finisher (Watson), who has deep political and neighborhood connections in the city and strong support from the Luken family.

Cole is expected to announce her choice this week, possibly later today, according to sources.

Young, 65, is a lifelong Cincinnati resident and a former police officer who retired in 1992 with the rank of sergeant. He also is a former president of the Sentinel Police Association and an ex-assistant director of the city’s Personnel/Equal Employment Opportunity Office. He lives in North Avondale with his wife and two of their children.

Cole hasn’t responded to several requests for comment.

06.02.2010 at 02:16 Reply
This is a travesty. Cole passes over Harris and Watson ... WHY exactly?! You certainly canot claim after three Council races that Young has a better shot at holding the seat over Harris or Watson. I suspect the tragic truth here is that Harris was passed over becasue he is white, and Watson was passed over because she wouldn't pledge to hire Laketa's staff. Nice legacy Laketa . . . leaving Council with a final decision that represents the worst kind of "affirmative action.: Wendel didn't earn it. As someone who worked hard every election, Laketa, it's a shame you award someone who never worked for it.


06.02.2010 at 05:47 Reply
Bernadette Watkins? Just what we need: another diva on City Council. http://twitter.com/inspirationdiva


06.02.2010 at 07:03 Reply
Her name is Watson, not Watkins. And anyone who thinks she's a diva knows nothing about her. Obviously Laketa knows the least.


06.02.2010 at 07:29
Cville - BossSexy isn't calling Bernadette Watson a diva. He is making fun of the mispelling of her last name, with a link to the diva (Watkins) who shares the name. But I share your sentiment. Cole's choice is a direct insult to Harris and Watson (both are clearly deserving), and the people of Cincinnati.


06.02.2010 at 07:30
Nobody is saying she's a diva . . .


06.02.2010 at 08:06 Reply
Oops, didn't catch that earlier, CVille. Thanks.


06.02.2010 at 08:32 Reply
Mayor Mallory: With the addition of Wendell, this Council is going to make city gov't look incompetent for the remainder of your term. By extension, you too will look incompetent. For a mayor so concerned about image, I'd advise you to be very concerned. The only brain power on your team is RQ, but she's her own bird. .