Some final thought on the 2013 election, before we move on to the 2014 election (which, of course, is already well underway).
Apathy wins by landslide: On Dec. 1, John Cranley will be sworn in as Cincinnati’s 69th mayor, along with nine city council members – three of whom are newly-elected.
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It’s official now.
The 2013 Cincinnati mayoral race between Democrats Roxanne Qualls and John Cranley will be the most expensive since the city began direct election of the mayor in 2001.
That’s not much history to go on, but a record is a record.
Campaign finance reports filed this week showed that Cranley, a former city council member, had raised $909,775 through the Oct. 16 cut-off date, while Qualls had raised $640,000.
Candidates for public office collect endorsements from groups and influential individuals the way that sports memorabilia enthusiasts collect autographed rookie baseball cards of Hall of Famers.
They hoard them.
And then they use them, for whatever they are worth, to get elected.
Cincinnati’s mayoral candidates, Roxanne Qualls and John Cranley have put together quite a collection.