Catherine Smith Mills
Three Dems, two Republicans, four Charterites (including two cross-endorsed as Dems.) That is a whole sale change of government, leaning back to the left from the current council. That's impressive for the traditionally Mainstream Republican editorial board on the Enquirer. I think they changed the process a bit this year, creating a more objective measurement of candidates. With that measurement they did not endorse four of the nine sitting council members, including three of the Republican incumbents.
The biggest surprise was the additional editorial the paper included saying which three incumbent candidates should "move on." Leslie Ghiz, Charlie Winburn, and Cecil Thomas all were called out as being "distractions." All three were candidates the Enquirer previously endorsed in 2009, something they allude to in the article. Calling out candidates in that manner is new and we'll see how effective it is in changing voter's views.
This year I don't see this (or any) endorsement as a game changer, but it will help add some critical votes to those either hoping to sneak into the number 9 spot or want to climb as high as they can in the vote count to help them make a case for a possible appointment to council when someone steps down.