CINCINNATI – One of the city’s best-known political organizations this week announced who among the city council’s growing hopes will give their support.
In its 96-year history, the Greater Cincinnati Charter Committee has supported Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike, and this year’s class is no different.
Committee President Matt Woods said the group’s platform At the center of transparency and good governance is the city’s current political climate, which is characterized by division and scandal.
“This is the moment when people from across the political spectrum must agree on the principles of good government. These principles brought Cincinnati out of a previous corruption scandal, and they are needed now more than ever,” Woods said in a press release referring to the the latter was charged with three seated council members for corruption and bribery in public.
The committee dates back to 1924 and was founded under political leader George Cox in response to Cincinnati’s then growing reputation as one of the most corrupt cities in the country.
“The Charter Committee is proud of the work our organization has put into the process of reviewing and building a team of nine candidates for good governance,” said Woods. “It is exciting to see so much activism in our city and to witness the desire to fill the town hall with competence and ethics.”
Charter’s lineup includes candidates from both major parties, independents and some who simply identify as Charterites. Some are political newcomers and others are household names, some have previously served in office:
- Kevin Flynn (Mt. Airy) – attorney, former city council member
- Jackie Frondorf (Westwood) – neighborhood attorney involved in Westwood Works
- Bill Frost (Pleasant Ridge) – Engineer, past President of the Pleasant Ridge Community Council
- Steve Goodin (Clifton) – Attorney, current City Councilor
- Galen G. Gordon (West End) – Sales Director, active in the West End Community Council
- Cam Hardy (Downtown) – Paralegal, President of the Better Bus Coalition
- Liz Keating (Hyde Park) – Marketing Director, current City Councilor
- Victoria Parks (College Hill) – Former Chief of Staff to Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, former Hamilton County Commissioner
- Jim Tarbell (across the Rhine) – businessman, former Vice Mayor of Cincinnati, former Mayor of Cincinnati
While the committee has consistently endorsed candidates throughout its history, it is the first time in recent years that it has endorsed a full list of nine candidates.
The committee interviewed more than 20 candidates as part of its endorsement process.