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Roxanne Qualls announces Cincinnati mayoral campaign

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Cincinnati Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls announced Thursday that she is running for Mayor of Cincinnati.

Qualls made her announcement Thursday at Core Clay, Inc., a local business in Walnut Hills.

Qualls has the endorsement of Mayor Mark Mallory, who he says is the best candidate to handle the city's future challenges.

"Roxanne has never flinched when it comes time to make the tough decisions. She's kept her eye on a powerful vision for the future which include the Banks, Fountain Square, Washington Park, and Over-the-Rhine. She is leading Cincinnati into a growing vibrant place."

Mayor Mallory's term will finish in 2013.

Qualls, a Democrat, served as mayor from 1993 through 1999.

Qualls will seek both the Democratic Party and Charter Committee endorsements as she has in her past City Council campaigns.   

Qualls' vision of the future is being challenged by John Cranley, who says he has different priorities.

"I'm going to focus on jobs, improving our schools and improving the safety of all 52 neighborhoods. Her emphasis is on the streetcar and privatizing our parking meters which will hurt all of our neighborhood business districts."

Cranley's position is shared by Hamilton County Republican Chairman, Alex Triantafilou.

"We certainly don't think Ms. Qualls is the answer for this community. She's been a big proponent of the wasteful streetcar. She's also in favor of this parking meter privatization debacle."  

Republicans are trying to persuade County Commission Chairman, Greg Hartmann, to run for mayor, and Hartmann says he's considering it.

The Cincinnati Democratic Committee has not endorsed either Cranley or Qualls and they may not do so until after what's expected to be a rough and tumble primary.

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