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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.

Tarbell to run as write-in for county commissioner

Former Cincinnati city council member and vice mayor Jim Tarbell is running as a write-in candidate for county commissioner against Republican incumbent Chris Monzel.

Tarbell filed the required form and paid an $80 fee today to become a write-in candidate, according to Sally Krisel, deputy director of the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

Tim Burke, the chairman of the Hamilton County Democratic Party, said the party had nothing to do with Tarbell’s decision to run as a write-in candidate. Sean Patrick Feeney of College Hill is the party’s endorsed candidate and his name will be on the ballot.

By filing the paperwork, any votes cast for Tarbell in the November election will be counted, Krisel said.

Many Democrats and others were angered by the recent decision by Monzel and fellow Republican commissioner Greg Hartmann to place a quarter-cent sales tax on the November ballot to pay for repairs at Union Terminal. They wanted the ballot issue to include repairs for Music Hall as well.

Tarbell could not be reached for comment immediately.