October 08, 2013
Mayoral candidates go head to head again
With the voter registration deadline just past us, the November elections are drawing nearer - in 28 short days, Cincinnati will not only elect nine members of City Council to represent us, but also a new Mayor. It was no surprise to most that John Cranley and Roxanne Qualls were the top two candidates in the mayoral primary on September 10th - which, incidentally, had lower voter turnout than the mayoral primary that took place on September 11, 2001 - but it certainly was a surprise when Cranley edged out Qualls by 18.8% - given polls earlier this year showing Qualls leading by a strong 12%. Qualls reminded WCPO reporter Kevin Osborne, "The results of the primary are not predictive of the outcome of the general (election)." In the same article, Cranley took a different view: "The voters today spoke clearly that they want this election to be about the future and the issues, not the same old politics of the past."
Since the primary, the two candidates have faced off quite a few times, discussing various issues facing the City of Cincinnati: the parking deal and the streetcar have been predictably hot topics. However, one week from tonight, the Chamber will host a unique debate opportunity. With the help of WCPO, the Chamber presents a live-aired debate featuring video questions gathered from the public.
Tune in on Tuesday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. on WCPO to watch Mayoral candidates John Cranley and Roxanne Qualls go head to head to answer the public's most pressing questions.