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February 12th, 2009 By | News | Posted In: City Council, Media, 2009 Election

Ex-Newscaster May Run for City Council

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UPDATE: Laure Quinlivan is suing her former employer, WCPO (Channel 9), in federal court for age and gender discrimination.

ORIGINAL ITEM: The former TV news reporter who headed Channel 9’s I-Team pool of investigators is considering running for Cincinnati City Council, reports say.

Laure Quinlivan is interested in seeking a seat on City Council in this fall’s election, according to a report on Ohio Daily, a progressive political blog. It states that Quinlivan hosted a small planning meeting Feb. 5 and told attendees that she’ll be running this year with the backing of key Democratic leaders.

Quinlivan left WCPO in November 2007 as part of budget cuts.

If Quinlivan runs, it wouldn’t be the first time that a TV news reporter eyed a move to City Hall.

Between his stint on council in the 1980s and his return in 1999, Charlie Luken was news anchor on WLWT (Channel 5). His colleague at the station, reporter Courtis Fuller, unsuccessfully challenged Luken in the 2001 mayoral race. After the campaign, Fuller returned to WLWT.

That doesn’t even count Jerry Springer, who after he left City Council became a WLWT anchor before becoming a nationally syndicated TV talk show host or Michael Flannery, who was a reporter for Channel 9 and WXIX (Channel 19) before being elected to the Cincinnati School Board.

Besides the eligible incumbents, at least two other people already have announced they’re running for City Council. They are Democrat Tony Fischer and Republican George Zamary.

Fischer, 31, is a Madisonville resident who has the backing of Mayor Mark Mallory. He’s an Iraq War veteran who was active in the local Obama campaign last year. After receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in August, Fischer spends his time as a volunteer with the Cincinnati Preservation Association.

Zamary, 36, ran for council the first time in 2007 as an independent. He’s lives downtown and is an attorney who also sits on the Know Theatre’s board of directors, and is involved with The Urbanists revitalization group.

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