Roxanne Qualls picks Wendell Young as her pick for vice mayor

CINCINNATI -- Queen City mayoral candidate Roxanne Qualls has announced her pick for vice mayor.

While kicking off the start of early voting at the Hamilton County Board of Elections, Qualls said she would pick Councilman Wendell Young as her vice mayor if she is elected on Nov. 6.

"I am announcing the person who will serve as my Vice Mayor, if elected, now so voters know what kind of leadership to expect at City Hall," Qualls said in a release. "I selected Wendell because he is a well respected leader who understands the challenges our city faces. We both have a history of working with others, building consensus to get things done. Together we will enact our Plan for Growing Cincinnati – growing the economy, investing in neighborhoods and a safe community."

Young is a former Cincinnati Police officer, Air Force veteran, city employee and Aiken High School teacher.

He was appointed to the City Council in 2010 and elected in 2011. Young is also a former president of the Cincinnati Branch of the NAACP.

"Roxanne Qualls' record of accomplishments is absolutely pivotal to the momentum we see in Cincinnati today. She has successfully completed what others only talk about. She is a person with great vision for all of our city's neighborhoods, and has proven she has the dedication and perseverance to achieve results. I am proud to partner with Roxanne as we continue to move our communities forward," Young said in a release.

Qualls is running against fellow Democrat John Cranley for the city’s top post.

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