What is Alicia Reece running for?
Cincinnati's vice mayor gave a speech in Fremont, Ohio (population 17,375), Friday. About 130 people turned out to hear her keynote address at the Sandusky County NAACP's annual scholarship fund-raiser, which brought in almost $2,000 for scholarships.
"Our challenge now isn't getting into the schools, it's being able to afford to go to school," she said. "We can teach our young people to dream, but we need to help finance those dreams. And we need to get busy on a local level to make that a reality."
Fremont, in northwest Ohio, isn't exactly local - unless your perspective is statewide. Reece's father and campaign manager, Steve Reece, said she isn't just considering a run for a higher office - she's considering four different offices. He wouldn't say which ones, but lieutenant governor, secretary of state, the 1st Congressional District and mayor make the most sense.
Steve Reece said he's done focus groups and polling to determine who his daughter's constituency is, and she's already working on mobilizing that constituency on a statewide basis. Hence the Fremont dinner.
The Fremont News-Messenger reported that her "impassioned, 30-minute speech drew a standing ovation from the audience."
Said Sandusky County NAACP president Dallas Leake, "She's accomplished a lot in her life because she dared to dream beyond her circumstances. When you dream, the sky's the limit."
POLLING PLACE: Steve Reece is also plugging a new feature of aliciareece.com that allows the Reeces to poll visitors on important issues of the day.
"This just lets us get a read on what's going on," he said.
It also allowed stuffing the ballot box. Visitors to her Web site were 59 percent opposed to her black-on-black crime initiative, with 12,781 votes.
MOTION OF THE WEEK: The idea started, for all intents and purposes, with a Jan. 7 op-ed piece by downtown resident April Bolton in The Cincinnati Enquirer.
"It is time to give residents a break through issuing residential parking permits," Bolton wrote.
Other residents agreed, and wrote City Hall to say so.
Now, Councilman David Pepper is picking up the banner, asking the city manager to study the issue.
He said the permits make it more convenient for residents - and for police, who will know who belongs in neighborhoods at night and who doesn't.
But Pepper also said he wants to move cautiously.
"Especially as we get into mixed-use neighborhoods and real urban living, there are legitimate concerns, and I don't want to cut off customers or tourists or employees, either," he said.
TEMPUS FUGIT (time flies): Councilman John Cranley turned 30 Saturday and celebrated with a roast in Pendleton.
Roasting were Price Hill Democrat Don Driehaus, former Congressman Tom Luken, Councilman Pat DeWine, former council candidate (and ex-girlfriend) Leslie Ghiz, brother Mike Cranley and St. Xavier High School teachers Mark Wilkins and Michele Mascari, who compared the councilman to Dennis Kucinich, Beaver Cleaver and Eddie Munster.
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