Tuesday, February 13, 2001

Monzel to get Winburn's council seat

By Robert Anglen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Chris Monzel will likely be appointed today to replace Cincinnati Councilman Charlie Winburn.

        A swearing-in ceremony is planned at 1:15 p.m. to immediately follow Mr. Winburn's resignation speech in City Council chambers.

        There was no official announcement, but Republican Party officials have already named the 32-year-old Mr. Monzel of Winton Place as their top choice.

        “I'm definitely honored by it,” Mr. Monzel said Monday. “I am prepared to go in and get the work done. Especially in neighborhoods. That's near and dear to my heart.”

        Mr. Monzel ran for council in 1999 and finished 17th out of 20, with 2 percent of the vote. In his campaign, he listed his priorities as keep ing neighborhoods safe and clean, recruiting more small business, retaining businesses and improving schools.

Mr. Winburn is stepping down to accept an appointment to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. The move is strategic because term limits make him ineligible to run for another term on council.

        This will allow Republicans, who now hold three of nine seats, to establish a new presence on council months before the November election.

        Mr. Monzel is an engineer and has a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University. He is a member of the Winton Place Community Council.


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