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Council Votes to Place Charter Amendment on May Primary Ballot

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Council Votes to Place Charter Amendment on May Primary Ballot

During their meeting on Monday night, Columbus City Council voted to place a charter amendment on the May 8 primary ballot. Recommended by the Charter Review Committee council assembled in late 2016, the proposal would expand the size of council from seven to nine members, each from a designated district and elected at-large. The move […]

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Columbus Leaders Call for Statewide Assault Weapon Ban

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Leaders Call for Statewide Assault Weapon Ban

Multiple Columbus leaders united behind Ohio Governor John Kaisch’s recent call for gun reform in an open letter issued this evening. The letter, signed by Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein and Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin, asks for a statewide ban on assault weapons, background checks on all gun sales, the restriction of […]

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Downtown Commissioner Michael Brown Selected as City Council Chief of Staff

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Downtown Commissioner Michael Brown Selected as City Council Chief of Staff

Columbus City Council announced a new chief of staff this afternoon. Michael Brown, who serves on the City of Columbus Downtown Commission, among other boards, will begin his new role in late February. “It is humbling to look at the work ahead, the diversity of opinions and issues and neighborhoods that City Council serves,” Brown […]

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Columbus Stands Behind Support of DACA

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Stands Behind Support of DACA

As the federal government scrambles to avoid a shutdown at midnight tonight, much of the conversation centers around the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. While national lawmakers struggle to reach a deal, many in Columbus are taking a firm stance behind supporting the program that provides protection for young unauthorized immigrants — commonly referred […]

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Council President Pro Tem Michael Stinziano Announces Run for County Auditor

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Council President Pro Tem Michael Stinziano Announces Run for County Auditor

Michael Stinziano, recently voted as President Pro Tempore of Columbus City Council, has announced a run for Franklin County Auditor. Stinziano has served on council for the last two years. “I’m running for Auditor because I want to move our government forward,” Stinziano said in a released statement. “We’re not taking advantage of technology that […]

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Realtor Emmanuel Remy Appointed to Council

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Realtor Emmanuel Remy Appointed to Council

During their Monday night meeting, Columbus City Council voted unanimously to appoint Emmanuel Remy as their newest member. Remy has been a realtor with Coldwell Banker King Thompson for the last six years and Northland Council President for the last five years. He was selected from a pool of 13 finalists, narrowed down from 36 […]

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City Council Names New President, President Pro Tempore

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega City Council Names New President, President Pro Tempore

As former Columbus City Council president Zach Klein begins his role as City Attorney, council has selected its new president and president pro tempore. Councilmember Shannon Hardin was named Council President, and Councilmember Michael Stinziano is now President Pro Tempore. The announcement came at a council meeting on Tuesday, January 2. Hardin and former president […]

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