Reece Joins Mayoral Race

Cincinnati Vice Mayor Alicia Reece appeared at an Avondale church Sunday to declare she's running for mayor of Cincinnati. Fellow Democratic council member David Pepper and Ohio state senator Mark Mallory are already in the race. When Mayor Charlie Luken ran in the first direct mayoral election four years ago, he faced no Democratic opposition, nor did the Republicans field a candidate. His only opponent was Charter Party candidate Courtis Fuller. Some analysts, including University of Cincinnati adjunct associate professor Jane Anderson of the political science department, say a crowded September primary field could make it easier for Republican and Charter opponents to compete in heavily-Democratic Cincinnati. Reece says she will oppose "corporate sweetheart deals" and seek to improve job creation, neighborhood development and community policing.