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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.

Candidates For Hamilton County Municipal Court Set

Ann Thompson

Eight Hamilton County Municipal Court seats are up for re-election this fall, but only three of them are contested races.

In Hamilton County, municipal court judges are elected from one of seven districts. There are no political party designations on the ballot, but both the Republican and Democratic parties endorse candidates.

Here are the three contested races:

  • District 2: The district is made up largely of neighborhoods in the northern part of the city. This is an open seat because incumbent Cheryl Grant is retiring. The Republican candidate is juvenile court magistrate Elisa Murphy. The Democrats have endorsed Alan C. Triggs, who ran for county prosecutor in 2016 and took nearly 46 percent of the vote. The third candidate is Rodney J. Harris, who has worked as a public defender.
  • District 4: This district includes most of southeastern Hamilton County. Curt Kissinger, a Republican who was appointed by Gov. John Kasich in 2015, is running for a full six-year term. His Democratic opponent is Darlene Rogers, who has been a public defender and is a lawyer in private practice.
  • District 7: The district includes Delhi Township and most of western Hamilton County. Recently, Jackie Ginocchio was appointed by Kasich to the vacancy created when Lisa Allen was elected to the common pleas court last fall. Julia A. Collier, an attorney in private practice, is the Democratic party's endorsed candidate. Kevin O. Donovan, a senior assistant city prosecutor in Cincinnati, is also on the ballot.

The unopposed candidates are incumbent Fanon Rucker, a Democrat (District 1), William L. Mallory, the Democratic incumbent (District 3), Brad Greenberg, the Republican incumbent (District 5), Bernie Bouchard, the Republican incumbent (District 6), and recently-appointed Republican Gwen Bender, who is running for an unexpired term in District 7.

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