Charter Backs Two Women
She first went to City Hall to protest the police chief’s cavalier attitude about the shooting death of her husband. Now she might be joining Cincinnati City Council.
The Charter Committee announced endorsements this morning for this fall’s city council elections, and Cincinnati School Board Melanie Bates was among those given the nod. Bates, whose husband, Philip, was shot and killed Aug. 27 while sitting on the front porch of their North Avondale home, said she would focus on public safety and neighborhood development if elected to council.
Other candidates endorsed by the Charter Committee are incumbent Chris Bortz, who is seeking his second term, and Joan Kaup, who has been involved with organizing various community activities over the years.
Bortz is nephew of developer and former Mayor Arn Bortz. He is special projects director for the family’s development firm, Towne Properties, in Mount Adams. On council, Bortz has chaired the group’s economic development committee and advocated several issues, including a proposal to develop a streetcar system and the renaming of Eastern Avenue to Riverside Drive.
Kaup is employed by Iacono Productions and previously worked for the Ensemble Theatre, the Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau and Downtown Cincinnati Inc. She also has been involved with the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce, Project Lily Pad and the Big Pig Gig.
Charter, which is Cincinnati’s third political party, currently has two city council members — Bortz and Vice Mayor Jim Tarbell. Because of term limits, Tarbell cannot seek re-election. Tarbell has said he’s undecided about stepping down early and appointing a replacement to give that person an advantage in this fall’s election.
The local Democratic Party interviewed candidates for possible endorsements last Saturday, and will conclude the interviews this Saturday. Among the people slated for an interview this weekend is incumbent Jeff Berding, who has rankled many rank-and-file Democrats with his budget positions and frequent alliances with Republicans.
— Kevin Osborne