I was tired and fairly blank when I got home from my 13 hours working at the polls yesterday – so I fed the birds, organized my life, wound down and went to sleep. I knew that Issue 2 had been defeated – that news came in before I shut down the computer about 9 p m.
So what a wonderful shock I got this morning! 7 Democrats on Cincinnati City Council as of December 1, 1 Republican who can be pretty independent, and an Independent who is actually a Democrat. A majority of African-Americans, 3 women and 6 guys, 4 Republicans who did not get reelected. Wow! What a night.
For Cincinnati neighborhoods, neighborhood development, the streetcar, the arts, for so many good things in this city, this is the best news and best Christmas present we could have gotten. Instead of being narrowly focused on reducing services and reducing taxes, this will be a more creative City Council, with real understanding of the best ways for us to attract new residents, build our businesses and grow a newer and larger economy. I am definitely feeling good about all this!