Workers at Cincinnati City Hall are getting ready for a new mayor and council to take office Sunday.
The Cincinnati Council session Tuesday was the last for Mayor Mark Mallory, City Manager Milton Dohoney and Council members Roxanne Qualls, Laure Quinlivan and Pam Thomas. Much of the meeting was devoted to goodbyes for each.
Mallory could not seek re-election this year because of term limits. He spoke about his time in office.
Clearly, the majority of Cincinnati voters who went to the polls Tuesday were determined to shake up Cincinnati City Hall, electing John Cranley as their new mayor and changing the face of the nine-member city council.
Cranley, a 39-year-old Hyde Park resident who grew up in Price Hill and a former council member, easily defeated a fellow Democrat who has been one of the top vote-getters in the Queen City over the past three decades, Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls.
In the unofficial vote count, Cranley took 58 percent to Qualls’ 42 percent.
Say what you want about Mark Mallory’s eight years as mayor of Cincinnati, which are rapidly coming to a close.
You can love him; you can loathe him.
What you can’t do is ignore him.
The man is a showman. Part stand-up comic. Your genial host. The man of a thousand quips.
And, if you find yourself on the wrong side of an issue he supports, a bulldog, who fights and claws and cajoles until he gets what he wants. A mini-LBJ. A chip off the ol’ block – his father, William Mallory Sr., a leader in the Ohio House for decades, was the same way.