Wendell Young marches – as the very last entry – in the 2007 Northside Independence Day Parade.
Photo by Joe Wessels © 2007.
Got in touch with Wendell Young, retired Cincinnati police officer and second time candidate for Cincinnati City Council. He confirmed that he was asked “about three weeks ago” to step aside so Cincinnati Democrats could endorse another candidate. He was not told who the new candidate would be, and was told he should run – and would be supported – for the Cincinnati School Board instead.
But he had some news for Dem party leaders: Wendell Young isn’t a quitter.
He said that it isn’t that he doesn’t support education or cares for the Cincinnati Public Schools – his wife is a teacher – but that he is serious about winning Nov. 6. He was bothered that two other candidates, both running for the first time endorsed by the party for Council – Brian Garry and Greg Harris – were not asked before him.
“I am very upset with (party leaders) right now,” he said.
He said he is also upset that he was not told that it was Roxanne Qualls he was being asked to make room for. Though that would have been a consideration, he said, in the end it would not have changed his mind.
He added that he feels the field needs a strong black male candidate and that he represents that. Party officials apparently expressed concern that he would “play the race card” if he was asked – or forced – to not run. That is something he said he neither considered nor would ever do.
Young does not know if any other candidates have been approached about withdrawing from the race since his refusal.
But Young’s contention that he was asked three weeks ago certainly raises some major red flags with the truthiness of some of my sources.