Christopher Smitherman en Should Cincinnati's Mayor Have More Power? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The mayor of a city can be considered its chief executive officer. But the power that office holds is determined by a city’s rules or charter, which defines what a mayor can, and cannot, do. Cincinnati adopted a “strong mayor” system of government 15 years ago. Now Cincinnati <a href="" target="_blank">Councilman Christopher Smitherman</a> is exploring another change, to what some call an “executive mayor” system. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:30:05 +0000 Jay Hanselman 25559 at Should Cincinnati's Mayor Have More Power? Howard Wilkinson's weekly chat <p>This week Howard Wilkinson talks about Council member Christopher Smitherman stepping down as NAACP President, and why Senator Mitch McConnell needs Rand Paul.</p><p>CORRECTION: Howard inadvertently said that Smitherman did not step down as NAACP president in the 2011 council election. He did step down.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:13:18 +0000 Maryanne Zeleznik 13903 at Howard Wilkinson's weekly chat Smitherman to give up NAACP presidency for now <p>Cincinnati council member Christopher Smitherman will step down as president of the Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP while he is running for re-election to council.</p><p>A number of members of the local chapter have urged Smitherman to leave the NAACP presidency while running for office. In a statement released Friday, Smitherman said he was doing so under a policy adopted by the NAACP's national board of directors in 1968.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:10:51 +0000 Howard Wilkinson 13820 at Smitherman to give up NAACP presidency for now Smitherman re-elected to NAACP presidency <p>Cincinnati city council member Christopher Smitherman was re-elected to a fourth two-year term Tuesday as president of the Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP, fighting off a challenge from a long-time union leader, Bob Richardson.</p><p>At Richardson's request, Tuesday's election was supervised by officials of the NAACP's national office, who would not release the final results of the election, except to say that about 1,100 members voted Tuesday at the NAACP's Bond Hill office.</p><p>Smitherman's entire executive committee was re-elected as well.</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:34:09 +0000 Howard Wilkinson 6495 at Smitherman re-elected to NAACP presidency Smitherman faces challenge in NAACP election <p>The Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP will hold an election for president Tuesday, with incumbent Christopher Smitherman being challenged by a long-time board member and union activist who believes Smitherman has steered the organization from its core civil rights mission.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>Bob Richardson, a former officer of Laborers Local 265 and former president of the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council, is taking on Smitherman, now a Cincinnati city councilman. Smitherman is seeking a fourth two-year term as head of the city’s oldest civil rights organization.</p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:01:04 +0000 Howard Wilkinson 6429 at