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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Former Dem Mayor Of Cincy: She's Signing On With 3rd Party To Run For Council

CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Former Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls is in line to take an appointment for a City Council seat held by a local third party movement, the Charter Committee, and is going to run for election this fall under its banner. Qualls has been a Democrat and served from 1993 until 1999 as mayor. She was the Democratic Party's nominee for Ohio's 1st Congressional District in the 1990s, but lost to Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot in a close race.

[UPDATE -- The Cincinnati Enquirer has more information posted about Qualls' political reentry.]

Information about the Charter Committee is here. It was formed in the 1920s during the days of corrupt political bosses and operates solely within the City of Cincinnati, where its primary legacy has been dedication to the city manager form of government.

Qualls has been heading a university-affiliated think tank in Northern Kentucky since 2005. She was a City Hall aide in the 1980s, then moved on to direct Cincinnati Citizen Action and its Toxic Action Project. Her return to City Hall as a member of the Charter Committee is a significant jolt to the city's political landscape.

She is replacing Charter's Vice Mayor Jim Tarbell, who is resigning before the end of his term and will leave office on Sept. 3. Tarbell has been elected four times, but cannot seek reelection this year because Cincinnati has term limits.

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