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Besa Sharrah Campaigns for City Council With a ‘Triangle’ of Issues

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Besa Sharrah Campaigns for City Council With a ‘Triangle’ of Issues

Besa Sharrah is one of four endorsed Republicans in this year’s City Council campaign, and one of three women who will appear on the Council ballot on the May 5 primary election. Sharrah’s interest in politics is not new – she and her husband Robert, a candidate for the Columbus Board of Education, have been […]

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Interview: James Ragland, Candidate for Mayor

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Interview: James Ragland, Candidate for Mayor

Earlier this month, mayoral candidate James Ragland was almost kicked off the ballot by the Franklin County Board of Elections after questions emerged over whether one of his five-member nominating committee lived in Columbus. Those concerns were quickly dismissed and Ragland is now firmly on the ballot for the nonpartisan primary in May. Ragland agreed […]

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City Council Candidates Discuss Issues in First Public Forum

Walker Evans Walker Evans City Council Candidates Discuss Issues in First Public Forum

The Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church hosted its second “Meet the Candidates” event last night (the first one featured the four mayoral candidates) and there were almost as many people fielding questions as there were in attendance. Ten City Council candidates were seated before the audience gathered by the Columbus Coalition of Concerned Black Citizens. Due to the […]

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New Councilmember Jaiza Page Wants to Impact Columbus Neighborhoods

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea New Councilmember Jaiza Page Wants to Impact Columbus Neighborhoods

On January 20, Jaiza Page was sworn in as the newest Columbus City Councilmember, replacing Hearcel Craig, who was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in November. “It’s been an absolutely exciting experience, just learning all that I can. I am thrilled and just ready to go,” said Page shortly after her swearing-in ceremony. […]

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Locals Protesting Nationwide Arena Purchase During All-Star Game

Walker Evans Walker Evans Locals Protesting Nationwide Arena Purchase During All-Star Game

The Columbus Coalition for Responsive Government announced plans to protest the 2012 purchase of Nationwide Arena by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority, which the group says is unfair to taxpayers. According to their press, release issued today: The Coalition points to a continuation of the disappointing trend that underfunds the public purchase of Nationwide Arena […]

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Mayoral Candidate Terry Boyd’s “$2 Million” Claim is False

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Mayoral Candidate Terry Boyd’s “$2 Million” Claim is False

Last week, Columbus Underground interviewed Terry Boyd, Republican candidate for mayor. At one point in that interview, Boyd was asked how strenuous he expected the campaign to be, and he answered “I think it’s going to take a tremendous effort, because let’s face it, the Partnership, the Columbus Partnership has pledged over $2 million for […]

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James Ragland Enters Race for Columbus Mayor

Walker Evans Walker Evans James Ragland Enters Race for Columbus Mayor

The race to replace outgoing Mayor Michael B. Coleman just got another contender with the news that James Ragland has officially announced his candidacy for the position. Ragland currently serves as Development Director at the Cristo Rey High School, and has previously held positions with the University District Organization, the State Central Committee for the […]

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