Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Greg Landsman Running for Cincinnati City Council

The 2013 City Campaign is off and the first new candidate is Greg Landsman. Landsman is well known inside the Democratic party having worked for Ted Strickland, Nancy Pelosi, and David Pepper. In a year when there is one certain open seat (Thomas) and likely two if Qualls runs for Mayor, there is room for another Democrat and one that comes across more in the Moderate camp, based on the limited information on his website. When you make the following comment in your platform, you are not going for the Urbanest vote:
A renewed commitment to neighborhood growth. We can begin to focus more on our neighborhoods without undermining the progress we've made downtown, but it will take a smarter and more intentional approach.
That sounds like an appeal to the voters who elected P.G. and John Cranley in previous elections. It sets him apart from most of the other Dems and tactically is a logical position to find a way to win in a complicated city political demographic landscape.

1 comment:

  1. Brian -

    Thanks for the mention, and love your blog. By the way, I'm a huge supporter of the progress we're making downtown. So much so, that my wife and I invested in the new wine and coffee bar on Vine Street in OTR, "1215".

    Have you been yet? If not, maybe we can grab coffee there soon. Great place.

    The downtown work has made so much progress - with more to come - that I think we're ready to also get going on a similar, more coordinated and strategic effort focused on neighborhoods. Some of that is happening already, which is great, but neighborhood revitalization will be key to growth (where we actually start to retain and attract people), or the sort of renaissance that we're all rooting for in our city. It's right around the corner, but not inevitable. We also have to be sure it's done in a way that leads to more jobs and a growing middle class. That's where ensuring public projects benefit local families and businesses.

    We're a great city, and I think we can do both - keep the momentum up downtown, and get going on a similar approach to neighborhoods.

    Hope this helps. All the best, Brian.

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