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In an election with just 15.6% turnout, Cincinnati voters have chosen from a field of six mayoral candidates the two who are complete polar opposites – Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval and Council Member David Mann.

Every year since 1974, the year I started covering politics, people have been asking me the same question over and over and over again on the day before an election:

So, who's going to win?

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I have known Cincinnati mayoral candidate David Mann for nearly 40 years – as a City Council member, as mayor, as a one-term congressman, and as an old-fashioned Democratic liberal.

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A Cincinnati City Council committee Monday declined to vote on four ordinances from Mayor John Cranley that would appropriate federal stimulus money. The city is expected to receive about $290 million from the American Rescue Plan Act.

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Early voting begins Tuesday, April 6, for the May election in Hamilton County. On the ballot in Cincinnati is a non-partisan primary for candidates running for mayor.


Aftab Pureval, Cecil Thomas, David Mann.

Those are your top tier candidates in the May 4 Cincinnati mayoral primary. Not necessarily in that order.

And only two of them can survive the primary.

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Nine candidates filed petitions by Thursday's deadline for the May 4 Cincinnati mayoral primary.

If they all qualify for the primary ballot, it will be a record number of candidates since Cincinnati went to the direct election of the mayor in 2001. The previous record was seven in 2005.  

Three Cincinnati City Council members have been accused of taking bribes from developers this year. City Council Member David Mann says an independent commission could help put a stopper in local corruption when it comes to development.

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I can't presume to say that Cincinnati Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld's political ambitions, which burned hotter than a match until his recent indictment on felony charges of bribery and extortion, are snuffed out for good.

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A handyman says he was shot while trying to break up a party at an Airbnb in Cincinnati's Pendleton neighborhood on Aug. 16. The man who rented the Airbnb has come forward to say it was the handyman who fired a gun first, but the handyman's family denied he fired his gun and police agree there's no evidence of that.

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A Cincinnati council committee voted on a resolution Tuesday endorsing a plan to create a bus only lane on a portion of Reading Road.

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Cincinnati Council Member David Mann released a statement Thursday saying he no longer supports using city transit tax dollars to pay for streetcar operations.

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After many months of planning and preparation, Cincinnati City Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld formally launched his campaign to be elected the city's mayor in November 2021 at a socially distanced gathering of supporters in an Evanston union hall.


During a public hearing at City Hall Monday night, many speakers asked Cincinnati City Council to take money away from the Cincinnati Police Department and shift it to other social service programs. Many want the police budget reduced by 50%.

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Cincinnati City Council's final public hearing Thursday night on the city budget ended in chaos.

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This week in Cincinnati was a good reminder that through plagues and pandemics, through economic recession and even Depressions, the inexorable march of politics goes on. 

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Cincinnati Edition's weekly news review on Friday will highlight the entry of Cincinnati Councilman David Mann into the 2021 mayoral race. How does his decision impact other candidates' look at the race?

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Democrat David Mann, who has served as Cincinnati mayor twice before, is once again throwing his hat into the ring of candidates hoping to replace current Mayor John Cranley, who is term limited, in 2021. 

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Public hearings are always an important part of Cincinnati's budget process, and the COVID-19 pandemic will likely change how that works this year.

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The city of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Public School District have been at odds for months over how much money should go to the school district from development projects and properties that receive tax abatements.

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First off, my apologies for writing about an election for Cincinnati mayor that is over 22 months away.

After all, we have the small matter of deciding the future of this country – and maybe the world – in the presidential election a little over 10 months from now.


In late June, Cincinnati City Council approved a round of development incentives for several projects. Those included a conversion of the PNC Tower from office to residential and retail, and a mixed-use apartment building along the river called Artistry. Some of the tax incentive deals are for developments that include a certain percentage of units of affordable housing; others do not.

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The Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation, better known as 3CDC, is used to getting its own way when it comes to downtown matters.

This time, though, 3CDC may have bit off more than it can chew.

The First Amendment to the Constitution to be specific.

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Cincinnati City Council Member David Mann is revising his proposal to regulate short-term rentals. These sites, which include Airbnbs, are growing in number and popularity in neighborhoods including Over-the-Rhine. Neighbors have raised concerns about the lack of available housing as more homes are converted to Airbnb rentals and about the noise these units bring to the neighborhood. Advocates say they are great for the economy and neighborhood vitality.

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A Cincinnati Council member is back with another proposal to regulate short-term rentals in the city.  David Mann's proposal is directed toward rentals with Airbnb and similar web-based sites.  

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An effort to involve Cincinnati Council in settlement agreements for more than $100,000 between the city and departing employees has failed.  

What's The Fate Of Airbnb In Cincinnati?

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Short-term rentals, including Airbnbs, are popping up all over Cincinnati, particularly in the urban core. For many, they're an asset to the city, boosting the economy and generating jobs and sales tax. But for some neighbors, the growth of Airbnb is unwelcome.

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Modifications are likely coming to a proposal to regulate Airbnb and other short-term rental housing in Cincinnati.  

City Council's Budget and Finance Committee heard from about three dozen people Tuesday on both sides of the issue.  

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A Cincinnati Council member said Wednesday he'll wait before presenting an ordinance regulating short-term rentals. This includes rentals with Airbnb and similar web-based sites.  

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Cincinnati City Council could vote soon on an ordinance regulating short-term housing rentals in the city.  This includes rentals with Airbnb and similar internet sites.