Friday, November 05, 1999

Hyland will run again for county commission

Bedinghaus, stadiums her target in 2000

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The county's stadium deal was Marilyn Hyland's issue in her bid to unseat Hamilton County Commissioner Tom Neyer Jr. last year. Thursday, she said she'll use the same issue against Commissioner Bob Bedinghaus next year.

        The Indian Hill Democrat announced her candidacy for Mr. Bedinghaus' seat at a press conference outside Cinergy Field, where she displayed a Bengals hat filled with pennies to symbolize the county's lease agreement with the NFL team.

        She argues the deal “gave away the store” to the Bengals.

        “I realize the Bengals and the Reds are an asset to the community,” Ms. Hyland said. “But I think there was an arrogant disregard for citizens when Bob Bedinghaus made that deal.”

        Mr. Bedinghaus, a Delhi Township Republican, said he will have “no problem” defending the construction of new stadiums for the Bengals and Reds.

        By the time next year's election rolls around, the Bengals' Paul Brown Stadium should be up and running and the Reds' new riverfront ballpark will be under way.

        Last year, Ms. Hyland took on Mr. Neyer, the other county commissioner who supported the stadium construction. As a virtual unknown with little money, she took 44 percent of the vote against Mr. Neyer, including about 60 percent of the vote in Cincinnati.

        But Ms. Hyland may not have a clear road to the Democratic nomination.

        Hamilton County Democratic Party co-chairman Tim Burke said the party will endorse a candidate for the March 7 primary election. People interested in running for Mr. Bedinghaus' seat, and that of Commissioner John Dowlin, who is also up for re-election next year, will be screened by the party.

        Many Democrats would like to see a better-known name, such as State Rep. Jerome Luebbers — who cannot run for re-election to the state legislature next year because of term limits — run for county commissioner.

        Ms. Hyland said she has not decided whether she will run in the Democratic primary if she does not get the party endorsement.


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