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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.

The Thomases: Not endorsing in mayor's race

Former Cincinnati council member Cecil Thomas and his wife, Pam Thomas, who was appointed to his seat, may be listed as members of the host committee for mayoral candidate Roxanne Qualls, but they hasten to point out they are not endorsing her candidacy.

The Enquirer reported Monday that Pam and Cecil Thomas "are hosting a fundraiser for Qualls next month."

That prompted the former and present council members to fire off a press release on Pam Thomas' city hall stationary saying that, yes, they have agreed "as have many others" to serve on a fund raiser host committee, but said "it is important to clarify that neither has endorsed any candidate for mayor."

"Moreover, they stated that they would, if requested, be willing to serve on a fund raiser host committee for mayoral candidate John Cranley,'' their written press release said.

"We have not endorsed any candidate for mayor, and we intend to remain neutral in this matter,'' Pam and Cecil Thomas said.

Generally, being listed as a member of a host committee indicates support for that candidates, but the Thomases say that is not so in this case.

Howard Wilkinson is in his 50th year of covering politics on the local, state and national levels.