This has not been a great year in politics, overall. Locally the Democrats actually made some forward strides in Hamilton County, but not much else looked good in Ohio. 2017 is setting up to be a really tough year. A nasty mayoral race is coming and the knives are already out. Expect them to just keep slicing.
I may slice a piece off myself here and there.
Council races should be interesting. There are many new and old names coming back on the Dem side, but the GOP has been very silent. Other than the expected Smitherman endorsement, I don't hear of any credible candidates they are putting forward. The Dems stand a fair chance of getting a veto proof majority on council.
With our country about to led by someone who won an incredibly close race by using neo-fascist positions, we are heading into uncharted territory. We need local officials and candidates to step up and not let the hateful rhetoric from the national GOP filter down. I fear that we may be too late. With the tone we got from Hamilton County Republican Party Chairman Alex Triantafilou upon his vote in the Electoral College and the insanity from Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones after burning protest letters on his EC vote, I think we are in for the stank of Trumpism to creep into local politics. We'll know people go off the deep end if illegal immigration becomes an issue in Cincinnati elections. Hold on tight. It will get bumpy.