Monday, June 11, 2001

Luken to reveal platform

Mayor to file today for re-election under new system

By Ben L. Kaufman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Mayor Charlie Luken will outline his platform todaywhen he files petitions for re-election under Cincinnati's new strong-mayor system.

        “It is critically important for anyone running under the new strong mayor system to outline his vision for the city,” Mr. Luken said in an interview on Sunday.

        Today, he said, would be the “beginning of the unfolding of that vision.” Mr. Luk en, 49, a Democrat, said he expects to focus on economic development, neighborhood development, and race and
justice issues.

        He said his speech for this morning was unfinished and he would say more after filing his petitions at 10 a.m. with the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

        This will make him the second mayoral candidate to file. The first is an independent, Bill Brodberger, owner of a Roselawn security company.

        A nonpartisan mayoral primary will be Sept. 11. The top two finishers will run for the four--year term in November.

        Mr. Luken was mayor for six years during the 1980s before serving one term in Congress. Then he followed former mayor Jerry Springer to WLWT-TV and worked for seven years as a news anchor.

        He left television, returned to politics and became mayor again as top vote-getter in the 1999 council election.

        Mr. Luken's bid to serve a second term will be part of the first strong-mayor election since early in the 20th century.


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