Thursday, June 07, 2001

Nye joins race for Hamilton mayor

Vice mayor seeks return to top job

By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Vice Mayor Thomas Nye announced Wednesday that he'll try to reclaim the mayor's seat in November's general election.

        Mr. Nye said he has the ability to lead Hamilton to a brighter economic future.

        “We can't just sit by and hope that good things happen,” he said at a press conference in Hamilton. “We have to make an active, concerted effort to bring jobs to town.”

        So far, Mr. Nye's competition is Mayor Adolf Olivas and Councilman Donald Ryan. Mr. Olivas claimed the mayor's seat two years ago by being the top vote-getter in the council elections. Mr. Nye, who had been mayor the previous two years, finished second.

        A voter-approved change in the charter last year eliminated the system that awarded the mayor's job to the top council vote-getter. The mayor and City Council races are nonpartisan.

        In November's election, the mayor's race will be separate from the council race. The mayor and the top three vote-getters for council will serve four-year terms. The next three vote-getters will serve for two years.

        Mr. Nye, 38, an optometrist who lives and works on historic Dayton Street, said that, as mayor, he would work to achieve the goals of Vision 2020, a comprehensive long-term plan he helped develop during his term as mayor.

        He listed five key issues: citizen involvement, more jobs, regional cooperation, a strong team approach in governing, and improved communication among council members and the mayor.

        “I think I have a good track record of pulling people together and building a consensus,” Mr. Nye said. “We need enthusiasm and optimism for the future.”

        Council members Richard Holzberger, Sharon Hughes and Katherine Becker attended the press conference in support of Mr. Nye.

        Mr. Ryan said he welcomes Mr. Nye's entry.

        “I'm excited there are going to be more than two people running,” he said. “It's going to be a very interesting race.”

        Mr. Olivas could not be reached for comment.


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