We will find out today if there'll be any more mayoral candidates in Cincinnati.
Kelli Prather, an activist from Madisonville, and Adam Koehler, a tech entrepreneur from Mount Auburn, hope to join the six other candidates who have already been certified for the May 4 primary ballot:
- David Mann
- Aftab Pureval
- Cecil Thomas
- Raffel Prophett
- Gavi Begtrup
- Herman Najoli
The Hamilton County Board of Elections will hear protests from Prather, 48, and Koehler, 43, Friday afternoon. The BOE staff determined in February Prather and Koehler did not get the required 500 signatures from registered voters in the city.
Both candidates claim they did.
After Prather and Koehler make their case, the four-member Board of Elections – made up of two Republicans and two Democrats – will vote on whether to certify them for the ballot.
The BOE will also vote on certifying the affordable housing charter amendment that would require the city to put $50 million a year into the city's Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
Six candidates and two maybes: Board of Elections certifies Cincinnati mayoral candidates
The meeting will be at 2:30 at the Hamilton County Board of Elections in Norwood. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a limited number of people allowed in the meeting room, but there is an overflow room where the meeting will be streamed. The meeting will also be streamed online on the Intercommunity Cable Regulatory Commission website.