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Cranley And Simpson Talk On Day After Election

Mayor John Cranley presiding over council meeting
Jay Hanselman
Mayor John Cranley presiding over council meeting

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley has some decisions to make in the coming weeks as a new city council gets ready to take office.  

But for now he's not commenting on which council members might chair committees or even if David Mann will still serve as vice mayor.  

Speaking with reporters in his office following Wednesday's regular meeting, he says there needs to be collaboration.

"There's nine council members and myself, ten of us. I think the people get more when we all find ways to work together," Cranley says. "I will continue to reach out to all members of council as I have for the last four years and will continue to do so on a going forward basis."

Cranley says the big issues are creating a public transportation plan, getting the full-time housing court set up, and getting state legislative approval for the plan to transfer day-to-day control of the Metropolitan Sewer District to Hamilton County.

Cranley held off a challenge from Council Member Yvette Simpson in Tuesday's election by eight percentage points.

Simpson again congratulated Cranley on his win.  

Simpson told a city council meeting Wednesday she will stay involved and has had lots of phone calls with offers. She's planning to take some time before deciding what to do next.

"I think it's important for all of us at the end of an election to really take, I think, note of the work that we do and the impression that it makes on people," Simpson says. "How we conduct ourselves as we do it, and I think it's very important for us to continue to remember that. There are so many people watching us. And that we have to make sure that we do it with spirit, dignity and compassion."

Simpson continues to serve on council until her term expires January 2.

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Jay Hanselman brings more than 10 years experience as a news anchor and reporter to 91.7 WVXU. He came to WVXU from WNKU, where he hosted the local broadcast of All Things Considered. Hanselman has been recognized for his reporting by the Kentucky AP Broadcasters Association, the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and the Ohio AP Broadcasters.