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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.

Cranley fundraising outpaces Qualls

John Cranley has a fundraising edge over Roxanne Qualls in the Cincinnati mayor’s race, according to campaign finance reports filed Wednesday.

Cranley, a former Cincinnati City Council member, had raised about $472,000 compared to $348,000 for Qualls, the city’s vice mayor.

According to the campaign finance reports, Cranley had about $264,000 in the bank as of June 30, the last day of the reporting period. Qualls had a cash-on-hand balance of about $192,000.

P.G. Sittenfeld, a Democrat on city council running for a second term, did nearly as well as the mayoral candidates.

Sittenfeld raised nearly $279,000, including nearly $212,000 this year. He has nearly $240,000 cash on hand. Sittenfeld spent nearly $306,000 to be elected in 2011, the most by any candidate in that race.

Cranley and Qualls, both Democrats, are among three candidates in the Sept. 10 mayoral primary. The third candidate is independent Queen Noble. A fourth candidate, Libertarian Jim Berns, dropped out of the race Wednesday.

Cranley’s campaign said Wednesday it is on pace to raise $1 million for his campaign. Qualls’ campaign said it had more than 1,100 individual donors during the first half of the year.

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