Election Results, Reactions, Instant Analysis

Nov 4, 2009 at 9:49 am

CityBeat's coverage of Election Night results and reactions is now up on our web site. Go to our Election Central section for stories from Kevin Osborne and Stephanie Dunlap on the unofficial results for Cincinnati mayor and city council, Cincinnati School Board and the various statewide, Hamilton County and city ballot issues as well as reactions from the winners and losers.—-

Click here for photo galleries from polling places during Election Day and from gatherings Election Night at candidate parties and the Board of Elections.

Instant analysis from Kevin and Stephanie, plus my two cents: The power on Cincinnati City Council shifts from Mayor Mark Mallory's coalition to a new conservative majority as basically ultra-conservative Charlie Winburn replaces liberal Greg Harris, even as Mallory wins easy re-election. Winburn joins with Jeff Berding, Chris Bortz, Leslie Ghiz and Chris Monzel to form a 5-4 anti-Mallory bloc.

Issue 9 thankfully is voted down, giving the streetcar plan and other rail proposals breathing room for now. Even with anti-streetcar Winburn replacing pro-streetcar Harris, the plan should move ahead on council. Bortz, remember, introduced the streetcar proposal to council and remains its key champion along with Mallory.

Even in a down economy, every major tax levy issue passed. Cincinnati Public Schools, the Museum Center and the Cincinnati/Hamilton County Public Library were all sweating out levy requests, but voters were generous — each of those three levies passed with at least 60 percent of the vote.

Casino gambling is finally coming to Ohio, as Issue 3 passed pretty easily. Cleveland businessman Dan Gilbert, who will be building the Cincinnati casino at Broadway Commons downtown, says he's going to break ground immediately — maybe even today.

The Charter Committee, Cincinnati's long-time third political party, had a good Election Day yesterday. Its two city council incumbents, Bortz and Roxanne Qualls, were re-elected. Qualls finished first overall by a wide margin. The group's three endorsed Cincinnati School Board candidates won: incumbents Melanie Bates and Eileen Cooper Reed and challenger Vanessa White. Charter Executive Director Jeff Cramerding, who left his post in September to become a full-time campaign consultant, was a leader in the No on Issue 9 campaign.