No black candidate yet for Cincinnati mayor

CINCINNATI (AP) — The race to succeed Cincinnati's first directly elected black mayor so far has no black candidates.

With Mark Mallory not allowed to seek re-election to a third, four-year term because of term limits, a city with a majority-minority population currently appears likely to elect a white mayor in November. The leading candidates are former city councilman John Cranley and current Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls, a former mayor.

Both have strong vote-getting records and fundraising ability, and that appears to be deterring some potential candidates.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/XDKzLf ) that while some political observers find it concerning that no black contenders have stepped forward, some black political veterans say it's not a big worry. They just want to have a mayor who will represent the diverse city well and responsively.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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