CINCINNATI (AP) -- Two Cincinnati political veterans will square off in November to become the next mayor of Ohio's third-largest city.
Former Councilman John Cranley and Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls easily topped a four-candidate nonpartisan primary field Tuesday. In unofficial returns, Cranley received 6,388 votes and Qualls got 4,249 votes.
The Harvard-educated Democrats each ran unsuccessfully for Congress against Republican Steve Chabot (SHA'-but). Qualls served as mayor in the 1990s.
The general election likely will highlight their differences on two hotly debated local issues. Qualls supports plans for a downtown streetcar and to lease city parking, while Cranley opposes both.
Libertarian Jim Berns and independent Queen Noble received 557 votes and 242 votes, respectively.
The November winner succeeds Mark Mallory, a Democrat who is completing his second four-year term but is term-limited.