|No Deal Between GOP and Dems For Hamilton County Commission|
Harris was interested in seeing if the city police department and county sheriff's department could be combined to save tax dollars. During a chat with The Daily Bellwether today , Harris said he was pumped for the contest and would file nominating petitions tomorrow: "This is a race I really wanted. The county is in a lot of trouble and there isn't any evidence Greg Hartmann is getting us closer to resolving the issues." Harris said he was particularly irked over Hartmann's proposal to use millions of dollars from an indigent healthcare levy to pay off debts from the stadiums.
|Democrat Greg Harris|
"That really put a fire in my belly," Harris said of Hartmann's proposal. "I don't know how anybody can think that way, that it's okay to raid healthcare for the poor to pay for Mike Brown's stadium." Harris also said there are issues about Hartmann's attendance and work habits. "He's originally from Texas, there's a lot of issues about absenteeism with him, I work very hard, I really value constituent services. I don't like the term politician. I like public servant." You can read quite a bit about Harris' biography on this webpage left over from his Council campaign. There is more background info available here. Meanwhile, the Republicans apparently haven't found anyone to run against Commissioner Todd Portune, who was unopposed in 2008 during the era of the deals. There are suggestions that party staffer Maggie Nafziger Wuellner will temporarily fill the GOP slot as a "placeholder." That means she'll file nominating petitions, but won;'t actually run for the office. A placeholders waits until a candidate can be recruited, then withdraws. The party gets to name the replacement..
There were rumors over the weekend that Cincinnati City Councilman Cecil Thomas planned to run against Hartmann for the commission seat. Thomas is staying put at City Hall, where he won another term last month. His wife, Pamela Thomas, has filed to run for Hamilton County Clerk of Courts as a Democrat against Tracy Winkler, whom the GOP appointed to complete an unexpired term earlier this year.