The Journal-News and Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum for the candidates running for Hamilton city council and mayor Wednesday, Sept. 7. The event, held at the Hamilton Mill, included Shaquila Mathews, Michael Ryan, Timothy Naab, Pat Moeller, Robert Brown, Delbert Price and Shawna Noble. Not in attendance was Ramon Batista, a candidate for mayor. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

Candidates for Hamilton council, mayor talk top priorities

The forum, organized by the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, the Journal-News and TV Hamilton, will be televised on TV Hamilton several times in coming weeks.

Ramon Batista, who is running against Moeller for mayor, did not attend the event.

One question each candidate was asked: What is the No. 1 priority for your term, if elected? In alphabetical order, here are part of each candidate’s answer:

  • Robert Brown: “If elected, I will go back to (the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments) and retain my board seat, and help fund this project for our North Hamilton Crossing (a bridge over the Great Miami River that would link B Street with 3rd Street near where Northwest Washington Boulevard dead-ends at West Elkton Road near North B Street).
  • Shaquila Mathews: “To definitely make sure that we continue on the excitement … that we feel in our city now, and to make sure that that effect is felt in the rest of our communities. If they see economic development, if they see safer communities, if they see cleaner communities, and that they see that this is truly one Hamilton, and that this is a city where everyone will feel comfortable to live in, where everyone will feel comfortable to want to raise their children in.”

On Nov. 7, the positions of mayor and three of the six other council seats will be up for election.

At least one newcomer will join the council in January because Council Member Rob Wile did not seek re-election.

The mayor and each council term is four years.

Three other current council members (Vice Mayor Carla Fiehrer, Council Member Matt Von Stein and Council Member Kathleen Klink) are not up for re-election because their four-year terms started in January 2016.