Cincinnati voters choosing 2 for mayoral election

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Associated Press

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 10 at 3:00 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Two veteran Cincinnati political figures are testing their support in a four-way mayoral primary vote in Ohio's third-largest city.

Tuesday's nonpartisan primary cuts the field from four candidates to two for November.

The big favorites to move on are Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls and former councilman John Cranley. They're Harvard-educated Democrats with long records in local politics.

They're at odds on two hotly debated local issues. Qualls supports plans for a downtown streetcar and to lease city parking. Cranley opposes both plans.

Qualls served as mayor in the 1990s. She and Cranley each ran unsuccessfully for Congress against Republican Steve Chabot (SHA'-but).

Libertarian Jim Berns and independent Queen Noble also are running for mayor.

The November winner succeeds Mark Mallory, who is completing his second four-year term but is term-limited.

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