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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.

Quinlivan asks that there be no recount in council race

Sarah Ramsey
Laure Quinlivan

Cincinnati council member Laure Quinlivan told the Hamilton County Board of Elections this morning not to conduct a recount of the 859-vote difference between her and Republican Amy Murray.

Quinlivan, a Democrat who finished 10th and out of the running for one of nine council seats, was entitled to a recount because the difference between her and Murray was less than one-half of one percent.

“My preference is to save the time, effort and taxpayer money that would be involved in a recount overwhelmingly unlikely to change the outcome of the election,’’ Quinlivan said in a written statement. “The cost to pay elections staff overtime to conduct the recount would approach $60,000.”

That means that Murray, a Republican, will be sworn in as a new council member on Sunday, along with her eight colleagues and mayor-elect John Cranley.

Murray, like Cranley, is an opponent of going forward with the streetcar project.

Quinlivan said she will continue to advocate for the streetcar project as “a citizen activist.” Quinlivan was first elected to council in 2009.

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