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Cincinnati Mayoral Race Preview

CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) -- Four weeks from now Cincinnati will be getting ready to start checking the numbers which will determine the next Mayor and embers of city council, election day 2013.

Mark Mallory is not on the ballot.  Term limits prevent the current Mayor from running again.  But two other familiar names are on the mayoral ballot, Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls, and former councilman John Cranley.

The two contenders debate Tuesday live on Local 12 at 7p.m.  Local 12's Jeff Hirsh joins us from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center with a preview.

Jeff will be one of the panelists asking questions, along with Jane Prendergast of the Enquirer, and radio host Lincoln Ware.  Local 12 Newsmakers host Dan Hurley will be the moderator.

Our hope is to get beyond the standard political spin from both sides and help you make up your mind.  The issues getting most of the attention are obvious: the streetcar.  Vice Mayor Qualls supports it, former councilman Cranley opposes it.
ame thing for the leasing of the city's parking meters, lots, and garages.  Qualls in favor,  Cranley against.

But there's more to the race than just those two issues.  For example, leadership.  How will each of the candidates convince the voters that she or he is the one to trust, leading the city through good times and bad.

Former councilman Cranley says, I think first and foremost I am a lot like most of the people in the city.  I have a 4 year old son.  I want the city to be great for him just as everybody wants to raise their family in a way that will be good for the long term.  So when I hear about a holdup at Graeter's, I take my son to Graeter's, so those issues that affect the average person affect me. I think it will be reassuring to folks to know they've got someone who is dealing with the same issues they're dealing with"

Vice mayor Qualls says, I have the experience, the judgement, I have the temperament that's really necessary to bring people together.  I know what it takes.  Ive been there to put together the coalitions and to collaborate to get change and make possible specific types of projects, such as putting in place the infrastructure for the banks, as well as when we were looking to turn downtown around when we had to do the Aronoff Center, working in neighborhoods.  So you know it's a start choice between John Cranley and myself.  He's someone who's the voice of doubters in the community and I have always been the voice of that we can make this a great city."

In addition to questions from the panel of journalists, we've had viewer questions come in to our web site and Facebook page, and we plan to get to as many of those as we can.



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