Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Twelve to vie for six Independence City Council seats

Appointee, three challengers ousted

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Donna Yeager 763
Mike Little 681
JoAnne Cobble 678
Carol Franzen 483
Jim Kudera 478
Margaret Cook 431
Jeff Hemsath 425
Mary Pat Behler 414
Kent Kelso 402
Daniel E. Koch 386
Jim Bushong 355
Marcus Cook 330
George Sanders 327
Dave Millward 302
Thomas A. Brinker 279
Randi E. Gerig 239
Four incumbents will be joined by eight challengers in the race for Independence City Council this fall. Voters will choose six for a two-year term that pays $3,000 a year.

Eliminated Tuesday were recent council appointee Thomas A. Brinker and challengers Randi E. Gerig, Dave Millward and George Sanders.

Many of the 11 challengers say they were drawn into the race because of concerns about taxes and spending in the fast-growing city. Although they aren't running as part of a formal slate, JoAnne Cobble, 56, a retiree who fought a proposed insurance tax increase, had said that she and four other challengers - Jeff Hemsath, 30, who works for Fidelity Investments; Mike Little, 42, who has served on the city budget committee; and husband and wife Marcus, 58, and Margaret Cook, 55 - are running largely to make sure the city doesn't try to impose an insurance tax.

Other challengers are Jim Kudera, 68, a former councilman and interim mayor; Kent Kelso, 43, dean of students at Northern Kentucky University; and Daniel E. Koch, 41, a member of the city's board of adjustments.

The ballot will feature four incumbents: Donna Yeager, 70; Carol Franzen, 33; Mary Pat Behler, 48; and Jim Bushong, 61. Eric Dupps is not seeking re-election.


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