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The Initiative That Won’t Die: Wards are Back

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega The Initiative That Won’t Die: Wards are Back

The fight for district representation on city council is far from over. Represent Columbus, who put the issue on last year’s ballot that would have increased the number of council members and established ward representation, is revived with a new initiative and a new name. Now dubbed Everyday People for Positive Change, the group is […]

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Mayor, City Council Announces Charter Review Committee Members

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Mayor, City Council Announces Charter Review Committee Members

The Mayor and City Council announced this week the nine people who will review the city government structure. The Charter Review Committee was created in response to the ballot measure that failed in August. The measure would have transformed Columbus City Council from its current seven-member at-large structure into one with 10 district representatives and […]

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Mayor Announces Committee to Evaluate City Council

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Mayor Announces Committee to Evaluate City Council

Come September, a mayor-appointed seven member committee will evaluate current city council structure and determine how it should be modernized. Mayor Andrew Ginther and City Councilmember Shannon Hardin announced the Charter Review Committee’s creation on Wednesday afternoon. Ginther and Hardin, both opponents of Issue 1 — a ballot measure intended to add ward representation to […]

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Voters to Decide on Columbus City Council Ward Proposal

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Voters to Decide on Columbus City Council Ward Proposal

Columbus residents will vote on August 2nd whether or not Columbus City Council needs to add six more members. Represent Columbus, a grass-roots group, leads this most recent attempt to change the Council Member election process from seven citywide positions. The goal is 13 members, with 10 coming from specific neighborhoods and three elected at-large. […]

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Seven Candidates Apply for City Council Appointment Position

Walker Evans Walker Evans Seven Candidates Apply for City Council Appointment Position

Columbus City Council is looking to fill an open seat through the end of the year, and seven locals have shown their interest by applying for the appointment. Those applicants include: Fran Ryan, who has served as the Senior Services Coordinator for the office of Mayor Michael Coleman since 2008, and previously served on Columbus […]

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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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Coalition Submits Petition for Campaign Finance Reform

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Coalition Submits Petition for Campaign Finance Reform

The Columbus Coalition for Responsive Government submitted a petition Tuesday afternoon calling for campaign finance reform in mayoral and city council elections. According to a press release sent out by the Coalition, 16,205 people signed the proposal, which is designed to create fairer and more competitive local elections through the creation of a Fair Campaigns […]

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