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City Council and Mayoral Candidates Go At It

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Published on Oct 24, 2013

CINCINNATI (Angenette Levy) -- With just 13 days until election day, Cincinnati city council candidates and the two mayoral candidates squared off in a forum as they tried to sway undecided voters. 20 of the 21 candidates for city council attended a forum at Crossroads Church in Oakley. Council member Pam Thomas did not attend but her husband Cecil, a former city council member, appeared in her place. Cecil Thomas said his wife had a last minute emergency and was trying to get heat turned on in an apartment building in Avondale that housed elderly residents. Cecil Thomas left council to run for a state Senate seat. Mayoral candidates Roxanne Qualls and John Cranley squared off in front of a standing room only crowd. Several undecided voters attended the forum to hear the candidates positions on the issues that matter to them. We're working on a bike trail project and that's obviously very important to us, said Jay Andress of the Wasson Way project which would turn an old railroad trestle into a bike trail. One of The main interest for me is Lunken Airport and the expansion so that's why we're here too, said Judy Zehrn who is undecided on which council candidates will get her vote. Many of the questions focused on issues that would impact neighborhoods on the east side of the city including Oakley, Madisonville, Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout. Both Cranley and Qualls said they oppose bringing commercial air traffic to Lunken airport because of the negative impact it would have on the neighborhoods surrounding the airport. And, both said they would not raise property taxes to balance the budget. They stressed the issues that divide them: the streetcar project and the parking lease. Qualls supports the projects while Cranley opposes them. It's a choice about a candidate who has spent her entire life proving doubters about this city wrong and another candidate who has become the voice of the doubters, Qualls said. I don't doubt this city's future. My four year old son is the city's future. I believe in the city and that's why I am running for mayor. I want it to be better than it already is, Cranley said. Community councils in Hyde Park, Oakley, Madisonville and Mt. Lookout hosted the forum.

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