Thursday, October 27, 2011

CityBeat Council Endorsements Announced

CityBeat has announced it's picks for Cincinnati City council this year and is doing something differing, only picking seven candidates.  The list is:

Kevin Flynn
Nicholas Hollan
Roxanne Qualls
Laure Quinlivan
Jason Riveiro
Chris Seelbach
Wendell Young

This list, one might argue, is short on African-Americans. Two other candidates that could have filled that role would have been Cecil Thomas and Yvette Simpson. Thomas is not a surprise, but skipping Simpson in favor of Young or Flynn is surprising for CityBeat.

I'm not a fan of short ticket voting, which many groups, including CityBeat, are advocating. It might be a valid 'strategy,' but for all of the increase in the value of a single vote for a candidate it makes, short ticket voting takes away from the voters overall power to pick the nine they want.


  1. That's not correct. I don't believe they vote for seven just for the principle of voting for less than nine. They just believe there are only seven worth voting for. Based on the article, I'm sure that if someone felt strongly about nine candidates, CityBeat would recommend that they vote for all nine of them.

  2. From the last few meetings I've seen, I'm convinced, more than ever, Thomas has to go.

  3. I'd vote for nine if there was nine worth voting for...I'm with CB on this one...


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