Councilwoman announces bid for Cincinnati mayor

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Democratic city councilwoman in Cincinnati says she will run for mayor of the southwest Ohio city.

Yvette Simpson kicked off her campaign on Wednesday to run against Democratic incumbent John Cranley in 2017.

Simpson is in her second term as a city councilwoman. She says she has led efforts to create job opportunities for teens and helped secure funding for programs that combat poverty.

The councilwoman also has supported streetcar expansion efforts.

Simpson says she’ll focus on childhood poverty and bringing in small-business jobs if elected mayor. She also wants to bolster summer youth programs.

Simpson says Cincinnati needs a visionary leader who will serve the city and its citizens with an “open door, an open ear and an open heart.”

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