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Call and Post (Newspaper) - April 22, 2015, Cleveland, Ohio the Call and Post april 22, 2015\page 3a by Ike my Balogu contributing writer if you did no to know who the front runner was before the recent Columbus mayoral debate you knew instantly the moment the attacks started to rain Down on Andrew Ginther. It was a steady flurry of stones Sticks and hand grenades thrown at him by the other three contenders for the City Stop Job. Ginther a former member of the Columbus school Board and the current president of the Columbus City Council is looking to replace outgoing mayor Michael Coleman who though considered staying on decided in the end against seeking reelection last year. Coleman a Democrat will step Down at the end of the year and has endorsed Ginther for mayor. Ginther is one of the three democrats vying for the City a chief executive Post. The other two Are former Council aide James Ragland and Franklin county sheriff Zach Scott. The Only Republican in the race is 59-year old Terry Boyd a former Columbus school Board president who is a business professor at Franklin University school of business administration. At this Cusp however party affiliation is mute and sharing similar political ideology is totally irrelevant with this being a free for All Brawl where the two top vote getters will then Battle against each other for a Chance to become the next mayor of Columbus. Featuring front and Center during the debate which was sponsored by the Columbus dispatch and wins to was the welter of embarrassing scandals that rocked the Columbus school District in recent years eventually forcing a state of Region event honors Coleman Community leaders Community leaders who made extraordinary efforts in contributing to the welfare of Central ohioans were honoured by the mid Ohio regional planning commission morph at the state of the Region luncheon held april 2 at the Hilton Columbus downtown. Columbus mayor Michael b. Coleman received the regional leadership award. First introduced in 1997, the regional leadership award recognizes individuals in a 15-county Region who make extraordinary efforts to ensure the future viability of the Central Ohio a communities. Coleman is the longest serving mayor in Columbus history and the longest serving incumbent african american mayor among major . Cities. His administration is credited with creating More than 40,000 jobs and obtaining $7 billion in private investments to Columbus. Coleman also provided regional leadership locally statewide and in Washington d.c., to secure funding for infrastructure for the Rickenbacker inter modal Yard including the award of a highly competitive Federal Tiger Grant funding. Coleman a latest Endeavor to Benefit the Region is the creation of the Jet task Force. Comprised of leaders from the business economic development and transportation sectors the task Force will focus on How Best to redefine our Airport As an economic Hub and the Center of transportation for the Region. Jaromir Steiner ceo of Steiner associates and chair of the collaborative insight2050 initiative received the William c. Habig collaborative achievement award. Steiner was instrumental in implementing �?oinsight2050,�?� a Public private partnership that provides data and analysis to local governments developers and business leaders about the Impact of the regions population growth of the next 30-plus years. Marsha Grigsby received the William h. Anderson excellence in Public service award. The award recognizes a current or past morph Board member who exemplifies outstanding leadership and a vision for the Community and the Region. Grigsby has been a member of More cd a Board since 2010. School chief Gene Harris to step Down. She recently faced Legal charges for her leading role in the entire mess. Ginthers opponents want him to face consequences for his own role in the scandals too at least at the polls despite the fact that it has been years since Ginther left the school Board. Passage of time Hasni to stopped his opponents from aggressively linking him to the scandals. Ginthers opponents Are accusing him of maintaining a taciturn posture and providing a detached response to the whole scandal saying that it helped feed fuel to the fire of scandals that besmirched the districts image. But Ginther who Wasny to going to be a punching bag for anyone fired Back first linking Scott to the Koch Brothers with the a dirty secret Money comments before dismissing the barrage of attacks against him As a unfortunate a saying that he a responded to the scandals and urged the people of Columbus to visit his Campaign website to get the truth. Ginthers words a i believe that telling the truth and being straight with the people of Columbus is what a most but Scott begged to differ saying that Ginther was simply not telling the truth when he said that he launched investigations into the burgeoning scandals calling his statements Ragland agreed with Scott. Ginther Ragland said a swept the data rigging scandal under the he added a school children were neglected under Ginthers Boyd who served on the Columbus school Board from january 2004 to january 2009, also took Issue with Ginthers role concerning the scandals. But oddly his own role in these scandals was also an Issue for Ragland who has tried to link him to them even at one Point asking Boyd to a a apologize for his role in creating the mess. Long after he left the school Board Ginther teamed up with Coleman to form Columbus education commission Ceca 25-member panel charged with the task of recommending proposals for reforming and improving the Columbus school District dogged by a multilayered mess involving student attendance record and Grade assignment scandals. At one time three separate investigations were Active regarding these scandals. Due to these scandals Public Confidence in the District and its leaders ebbed fast even As Harris with her head buried deep in the Sand continued to downplay the obvious enormity of the raging mess by continuing to refer to it As a Mere a a issues instead of a titanic scandal that it clearly and truly was. Harris was charged with dereliction of duty a Misdemeanour to which she pleaded no contest but it came after she was no longer in office. My Balogu is a freelance writer and editor of based in Columbus. He can be reached by email at onus Ramedia Yahoo. Com Columbus mayor Michael b. Coleman Franklin county commissioners approved Resolution against Fra by Ike my Balogu contributing writer for those who May not have heard about it there is a measure recently signed into Law by the governor of Indiana Mike Pence called the religious Freedom restoration act Fra. There Are four important things to know about the newly minted Fra. One it allows businesses in Indiana to Dangle their religious Freedom As a Legal bulwark for refusing to provide services to certain group of people. Two the lbt Community of lesbian Gay bisexual and transgender individuals has come out swinging saying that the Law is about its members and kvetching that it rms Sanders gets one month decision Extension sea a Ltd it to Hup a dim lbs Cleveland Columbus Cincinnati to advert All 216-588-6700 will form grounds for discriminating against them. Three governor Pence is a ferocious defender of the Law. And four Franklin county commissioners Are profoundly opposed to it and want no part governor Pence and his hateful and toxic Law. Recently the commissioners John of Grady Marilyn Brown and Paula Brooks approved a Resolution not Only to reaffirm its commitment to the a dignity of All people regardless of sexual orientation gender identity gender race ethnicity color National origin age disability religion or other characteristics a but most importantly to urge the Ohio general Assembly not to borrow any Leaf from Indiana and introduce a similar measure in Ohio. The Resolution is also urging Ohio Law makers to adjust the Ohio revised code aimed at protecting every ohioan from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The commissioners Are strongly opposed to Fra believing that it will have a far reaching consequences for Central Ohio citizens involving their Freedom to shop eat seek housing or receive medical care in facilities of their Choice. They done to want what happened in Indiana to happen in Ohio. The Resolution was sent to the leaders of the Ohio legislature and to governor John Kasich. The Franklin Board of commissioners has backed every Effort to protect Gays and lesbians from discrimination in Ohio including a 2008 Resolution 286-08 prohibiting discrimination against them. The Board also supported Ohio House Bill 176 aimed at seeking Protection for Gays and lesbians. My Balogu is a freelance writer and editor of based in Columbus. He can be reached by email at District scandals dominate mayoral debate

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