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0000017a-3b40-d913-abfe-bf44a4f90000Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU news team as the politics reporter and columnist in April 2012 , after 30 years of covering local, state and national politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. On this page, you will find his weekly column, Politically Speaking; the Monday morning political chats with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik and other news coverage by Wilkinson. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio gubernatorial race since 1974, as well as 16 presidential nominating conventions. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots, the Lucasville prison riot in 1993, the Air Canada plane crash at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983, and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. And, given his passion for baseball, you might even find some stories about the Cincinnati Reds here from time to time.

Chamber schedules two Cincinnati mayor debates

The two candidates who will face each other this fall for the job of Cincinnati mayor will meet in two debates – one on Sept. 17 and another televised debate on Oct. 15 -    sponsored by the Cincinnati USA Chamber of Commerce.

The participants in the debate will be the two top vote-getters in the Sept. 10 mayoral primary. There are four candidates on the primary ballots – Democrats Roxanne Qualls and John Cranley, Libertarian Jim Berns and independent Sandra Queen Noble.

The first debate will take place from 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. At least 100 local business leaders will be in the audience. Lance Barry, a spokesman for the Chamber, said tickets will be available to the public at $20 each, which includes lunch. Ticket orders can be made soon on the Chamber’s website, www.cincinnatichamber.com, Barry said.

Other sponsors for the Museum Center debate will be Fidelity Investments, Enquirer Media, the African-American Chamber of Commerce, Cincinnati USA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce and the Queensgate  Business Alliance.

The second debate will be televised on WCPO, channel 9. It will take place at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts and runs from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Barry said it has yet to be determined how the live studio audience will be chosen. Along with the Chamber, Fidelity Investments, WCPO, the Cincinnatus Association and the Cincinnati League of Women Voters will sponsor the televised debate.