Charter Committee endorses three for Cincinnati City Council

No decision yet in mayor's race

CINCINNATI - The Charter Committee has endorsed three candidates in this fall’s race for Cincinnati City Council, but hasn’t decided who to support for mayor.

Charter, which serves as a de facto third political party in Cincinnati, endorsed incumbent Councilwoman Yvette Simpson, along with Kevin Flynn and Vanessa White.

Simpson won her first council term in 2011, when she was cross-endorsed by the Charter Committee and the local Democratic Party.

A West End resident, Simpson is an attorney at the Ulmer & Berne law firm and is a member of Xavier University's Executive MBA Program.

Flynn, 52, is a real estate attorney from Mount Airy who also teaches at the University of Cincinnati's law school. He has run unsuccessfully for council twice before, finishing in 11th place in 2011 and in 13th place in 2009.

White, 49, is currently a member of the Cincinnati Board of Education.

A North Avondale resident, she was vice president of community engagement and partnerships at ArtsWave. Also, White is working on a Ph.D. through the Educational Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Cincinnati.

Bob Dehner, a Charter board member, said the group may consider endorsing additional candidates in the City Council race.

Also, Dehner said Charter hasn’t yet made a decision who to endorse in the mayoral race. The two major candidates in that race so far are Democrat John Cranley, an ex-city councilman; and Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls, a Democrat who was cross-endorsed in the 2011 race by Charter.

"Charter has not made an endorsement for mayor as of this date,” Dehner said. “Charter remains open to endorsing a mayoral candidate, as well as additional City Council members, during this city election cycle."

Formed in 1924, the Charter Committee helped end the corrupt political machine operated by “Boss” George Cox, a Republican who dominated City Hall and local politics, arranging tasks like fixing tax rates for friends and contributors.

Charter successfully pushed to create the city manager form of government, which was designed to depoliticize the daily administrative tasks of municipal government.

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