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Graduating senior has eye on Cincinnati mayor’s race

Adult graduate with years in city, county government now gathering signatures for candidate petition

02/08/05

Yvette Baldwin has plans. Big plans. After graduating from Xavier in June with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and a minor in business, she wants to run for mayor of the City of Cincinnati.

Baldwin, a single parent of two, returned to school in 2003 to finish her degree. She believes her 20 years of experience in city and county government, primarily in police communications, has given her the background to be the city’s next leader.

But before she begins campaigning, she’s got to get on the ballot for the Sept. 13 primary. So she’s busy gathering the signatures of the registered voters she needs to report to the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

Her petition drive has driven her to the Gallagher Student Center where she has reserved a table on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings through March 16. She’s hoping to nab signatures from students during her 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. shifts.

Baldwin needs 500 valid signatures by the June 30 reporting deadline.

Until then, Baldwin, who plans to attend graduate school as well, doesn’t want to say too much about her platform. She’s running as an independent candidate.

“I’m running because I’ve been in local government about 20 years now and I’m a community person,” she says. “I’m concerned about whatever concerns the citizens.”

If she obtains the required signatures, Baldwin joins an increasingly crowded field of mayoral candidates that includes Cincinnati City Council member David Pepper, Vice Mayor Alicia Reece and Ohio State Sen. Mark Mallory. Under Cincinnati's form of government, the top two vote-getters in the September mayoral primary face off in the November general election.