Mayoral candidates to face off Tuesday night at Walnut Hills church

6:30 p.m. at James Temple Church of God in Christ
Posted at 6:29 AM, Mar 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-07 17:21:08-05

Editor's note: A prior version of this story incorrectly stated Mayor John Cranley would be taking part in Tuesday night's forum; WCPO regrets this error.

CINCINNATI -- Three mayoral candidates have less than two months to prove they are each the best for the city's top job on the May 2 primary election.

Two of them -- City Councilwoman Yvette Simpson and Robert E. Richardson Jr., former chairman for the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees -- will square off at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the James Temple Church of God in Christ in Walnut Hills to do just that.

Incumbent Mayor John Cranley also was invited, but campaign manager Jay Kincaid told WCPO he would not take part.

Cincinnati faces a $25 million budget deficit for next year, so candidates will likely hammer home how they will cut spending while still finding money to fund public projects. The Fraternal Order of Police just publicly declared its support for Cranley at a news conference Monday.

The James Temple Church of God in Christ is located at 1116 Lincoln Ave. The event will be officiated by WLWT Anchor Courtis Fuller.