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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.

Newport's Primary Ballot Will Include A Race That Won't Be Counted

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Newport voters will go to the polls Tuesday and find a race that really isn't a race. And if they cast a ballot in that race, it won't be counted.

It's the city commission race; and Campbell County Clerk Jim Luersen said there is a good reason for not counting the votes.

Incumbent commissioner John Hayden decided in January that he would not run for re-election, but did not file paperwork with the clerk's office in time to have his name removed from the ballot, Luersen said.

"He'll be listed on the ballot as the ninth candidate, but he's withdrawn his candidacy,'' Luersen said. "Only eight candidates can advance to the November election, so there really is no primary election."

Four of the eight will be elected to Newport city commission in the November election.

Luersen said signs will be posted in each Newport polling place saying that any ballots cast in the commission race tomorrow won't be counted.

The eight candidates who will compete in November are incumbents Thomas Guidugli, Frank Peluso, and Beth Fennell, along with challengers Matthew Cline, Nichole Hornback Hayden (the wife of John Hayden), Bob McCray, Rachel Comte and former Campbell County commissioner Ken Rechtin.