With a dozen candidates vying for the four open seats on the board overseeing Cincinnati Public Schools, this year's election is turning into a big event for voters. "It's probably the largest field in recent history," says David Little, campaign manager for incumbent Catherine Ingram and challengers Ceair Baggett, Joyce Hooks and Lisa Schare.
The possible sale of the Greater Cincinnati Water Works has prompted the latest voter referendum from the We Demand a Vote Coalition. Under a scenario being studied, the city-owned utility could be sold to a newly created regional water authority, overseen by a board of trustees and regulated by rules spelled out in Ohio law. If Issue 8 is approved, however, a public vote would be required before city officials could sell the Water Works.
The rush of publicity around Cincinnati's public housing agency began when three Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority clients filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in August, alleging a list of wrongs, injustices and racially biased activity perpetuated by the agency. Soon after, the case took on the trappings of pop-media hype when CMHA Board Chairman Arnold Barnett lashed back at the clients' attorney, Robert Newman.
For staffers and volunteers at the Contact Center, advocating for issues to help improve the lives of low-income people and the working poor is nothing new. But the current health care reform debate is more than a typical campaign for the non-profit community-organizing agency. Its two full-time employees are now uninsured. "We're actually advocating for ourselves," says staffer Lynn Williams.
Earlier this spring, former Colerain Township Clerk Kathy Mohr filed a complaint against Township Trustee Bernie Fiedeldey with the Ohio Ethics Commission, alleging he failed to disclose relationships with seasonal park employees and violated conflict-of-interest rules when the township awarded contracts for two construction projects.
The area near the intersection of Roundbottom and Broadwell roads in Anderson Township features manufacturing buildings, a landscaping company, a park, a few blocks of small, older houses and signs. Lately, lots of signs.