Charlie Winburn appointed by Republicans to post

Former Cincinnati Councilman Charlie Winburn photographed Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

Republicans on Saturday appointed former Cincinnati City Councilman Charlie Winburn as Hamilton County treasurer for the next six months. 

"If you don't know this, we just made history," Hamilton County Republican Party Chairman Alex Triantafilou told the party's executive committee Saturday morning after they unanimously approved Winburn's appointment. "Charlie Winburn is the very first African-American to be county treasurer in 230 years of Hamilton County's history."

Winburn, a Republican from Mount Airy, lost a close race for treasurer last year to Democrat Jill Schiller by 7,000 votes, less than two percentage points. 

But thanks to a quirk in Ohio law, Schiller's term doesn't start until September. The current treasurer, Republican Robert Goering, on Feb. 11 starts a term as a Hamilton County Common Pleas Court judge.

That leaves Hamilton County in need of a short term treasurer.

Winburn was the only candidate considered Saturday by the executive committee. 

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