Candidates On: Recalling Mayor and Council

Oct 16, 2009 at 4:25 pm

As CityBeat did in the 2007 election cycle, we’ve once again sent a questionnaire to various non-incumbent Cincinnati City Council candidates to get their reactions on a broad range of issues.

Seven of the 12 non-incumbents chose to answer our questions. Others either didn’t respond or couldn’t meet the deadline.—-

During the next few weeks, we will print the responses from the non-incumbents to a different topic each time. Also, this week’s CityBeat cover story features an overview of the candidates.

Today’s question is, “Would you support a charter amendment to allow for recall of the mayor and council members?”

Tony Fischer (Democrat): “No. We just voted around 10 years ago to separate the election of the mayor from council and give the office a longer term. This proposed amendment would just make each mayor or council member’s term a perpetual election. People don’t want that.”

Nicholas Hollan (Democrat): “This issue boils down to demanding accountability. If a council member or mayor commits an egregious offense that warrants their recall then the process for their removal should be in place.”

Amy Murray (Republican): “I would consider such an amendment for the mayor as the mayoral term has increased from two years to four.  Council is elected every two years, and while our current system is not perfect,  it gives the citizens and taxpayers ample opportunity to let their voices be heard by their vote.”

Laure Quinlivan (Democrat): “No. Voters can always make that decision in the next election.”

LaMarque Ward (independent): “Yes, some people get political influence and go in the wrong direction but it only should be done in extreme cases of untrustworthy actions complete lost of confidence in there ability but council should have to vote also.  Actions like these will keep people honest, fair and focused on the task at hand.”

Bernadette Watson (Democrat): “No.”

George Zamary (Republican): “No.”