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Change is coming for an agency that is underfunded, understaffed and facing a major backlog of cases. The Citizen Complaint Authority, which pushes for police reforms in the city of Cincinnati, is getting a new leader.

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The Citizens Complaint Authority will have a new director starting next month. Gabe Davis was a federal prosecutor and ran for the Democratic nomination for Hamilton County prosecutor last spring. He says he wants the office to help give people confidence in law enforcement.

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With nearly 69% of the vote, Democratic candidate Fanon Rucker defeated his Democratic challenger Tuesday, setting up a high-profile fight against Hamilton County's Republican Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters in November.

It is a battle for one of the last corners of county government still in the control of the GOP in an increasingly Democratic county.

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Rucker, Tana Weingartner, WVXU / Davis, courtesy of the candidate

The coronavirus pandemic postponed Ohio's March 17 primary. The state has switched to voting by mail for most - with a few exceptions - with a deadline of April 28. Local campaigns have been thrown a major curveball by the delay. In the run-up to the new primary date, we are checking in with the candidates to see how they have been campaigning and reaching out to the community in this time of unprecedented crisis.


Two Democratic candidates are looking to unseat Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters in the fall. Former federal prosecutor Gabe Davis announced his candidacy in June and former Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Fanon Rucker joined the race in October.

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Don't you hate it when somebody butts in line at the grocery check-out line, or when lots of people are queued up to get into a concert or a movie?

I do. And I don't hesitate to tell the line-crashers about it.

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Calling it with a laugh "the worst kept secret in the county's political history," Judge Fanon Rucker is officially launching his bid to be Hamilton County's next prosecutor.

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Is Hamilton County blue? Or is it purple? No point in asking whether or not it is still red; that train left the station some time ago.

But it's time to settle this blue-purple hash once and for all – and the 2020 general election is the time to do it.