Thursday, April 17, 2003

Youth served on City Council



By Gregory Korte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

When 29-year-old Y. Laketa Cole took her seat on Cincinnati City Council Wednesday, she continued a demographic revolution at City Hall.

There are now six members of City Council who are 35 years old or younger. If they voted as a bloc, they could override the veto of 51-year-old Mayor Charlie Luken.

It is, most likely, the youngest City Council in the city's history. You'd have to go back to 1979 - when a 35-year-old Jerry Springer was on City Council - to find a group even nearly as young as the current crop. As recently as 1999, the median age on City Council was 46.

Democrats appointed Cole to succeed 48-year-old Paul Booth, who resigned last week to take a state job. They picked her over a far more experienced legislator, former state Rep. Sam Britton, 69.

Five months older than John Cranley, Cole is the second youngest member of City Council. Other under-35s are Alicia Reece, 31, David Pepper, 31, Chris Monzel, 34, and Pat DeWine, 35.

In a city wracked by youth violence and struggling to attract recent college graduates, Cole said the city needs to concentrate on an even younger generation.

"Too often, we say that our youth are our future," Cole said to City Council Wednesday. "I believe our youth are today."

E-mail gkorte@enquirer.com




TOP STORIES
Boone, Warren driving growth
Youth served on City Council
Cole makes sure votes counted
N.Ky. schools bracing for tests

TRISTATE REACTS TO WAR
USS Nimitz, it's Skyline time
Marine from Ohio buried
Decks of cards have history
Ky. counties honor military
Flag etiquette
Keeping in touch

IN THE TRISTATE
Deadly night in Cincinnati: Three more homicide victims
Police, mayor angry suspect wasn't in jail
Obituary: LaVelle Bond championed diversity and excellence
UC search committee to review 37 names
School employee leaves with $120,000-plus severance
Water official admits lying
Soul artist Green plans a 'return' to Blue Ash
Tristate A.M. Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
PULFER: Danielle Cahill
HOWARD: Some Good News

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Talawanda High School misses its stolen bell
More high lead levels found
Mother left him a legacy: faith in God and church
Conese brothers' legal woes keep Ohio Supreme Court busy
Leaders of Middletown looking ahead to 2023
Warren didn't know it was losing $
Warren County traffic featured in documentary

OHIO
Voucher students even with others
Relatives, friends question house fire
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Truck goes off road, kills I-275 construction worker
Letters target gay ordinance
Ky. Episcopal leader resigns
Hop to it for last few Easter egg hunts
Appalachian coal miners may go to N.Y. to protest hillbilly show
Candidates for governor campaign in N.Ky.