The Hamilton County Republican Party has landed one of the hottest names in national GOP politics as its speaker at the annual Lincoln-Reagan dinner in May - Rand Paul, Kentucky's junior senator.
Paul, who was elected to the Senate in 2010, is said to be seriously considering a run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.
The event will take place on the evening of Friday, May 16, although the county party organization has yet to set the time and place for the Lincoln-Reagan dinner, one of the party's major fundraising events each year.
Eugene Ruehlmann, who was mayor of Cincinnati in the late 1960s and early 1970s, died Saturday night at the age of 88.
Mr. Ruehlmann, a lawyer who was first elected to council in 1959, served through 1971. During his last four years on council, his Republican council colleagues elected him mayor; and he is credited with working to put together the deal that led to the construction of a new stadium on the riverfront and helping to bring professional football to the city.
A first-time candidate, businesswoman Melissa Wegman of East Price Hill, will kick off her campaign for a seat on Cincinnati City Council with a reception Thursday at the Incline Public House in her home neighborhood.
Wegman - who is vice president of The Wegman Company, a commercial furniture services company - is a first time candidate for elective office; and she will run with an endorsement from the Hamilton County Republican Party, according to GOP county chairman Alex Triantafilou.