John Cranley

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John Cranley
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69th Mayor of Cincinnati
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 1, 2013 (2013-12-01)
Preceded byMark Mallory
Cincinnati City Councilman
In office
2000–2009
Personal details
Born(1974-02-28) February 28, 1974 (age 40)
Green Township, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Dena
ChildrenJoseph
 
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John Cranley
Cranley good.jpg
69th Mayor of Cincinnati
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 1, 2013 (2013-12-01)
Preceded byMark Mallory
Cincinnati City Councilman
In office
2000–2009
Personal details
Born(1974-02-28) February 28, 1974 (age 40)
Green Township, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Dena
ChildrenJoseph

John Cranley (born February 28, 1974) is the mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio. A member of the Democratic Party, he was a member of the Cincinnati city council and a partner of City Lights Development. Cranley is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard Divinity School and co-founder of the Ohio Innocence Project at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Background[edit]

Cranley was born in Green Township, Ohio, and grew up in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Price Hill. He attended St. Williams School and graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1992.[1]

Cranley graduated from John Carroll University magna cum laude in Philosophy and Political Science and served twice as student body president. Cranley received his juris doctorate from Harvard Law School and a Master of Theological Studies from the Harvard Divinity School. He taught two undergraduate legal and philosophy courses at Harvard College while attending graduate school. During his second and third years at Harvard Law School, he worked as a student attorney for people who could not afford legal counsel. In his third year of law school, he was elected First Class Marshal and delivered the Harvard Law School graduation speech on behalf of his class.

Cincinnati City Council[edit]

Cranley served on city council from 2000 to 2009. In 2003 Cranley led the push to create Tax Increment Finance districts in Cincinnati.[2] John also served on the following committees: Arts, Culture, Tourism & Marketing; Economic Development; Law and Public Safety; and the Transportation & Infrastructure sub-committee. Cranley resigned from City Council in 2009 after seeking advice from the Ohio Ethics Commission.[3]

Other activities: City Lights Development and Ohio Innocence Project[edit]

As a partner at City Lights Development, John worked to restore the historic Incline District of East Price Hill. City Lights is developing a $5 million project which consists of condominiums and a restaurant.[4] City Lights has already purchased Queens Tower Apartments and converted them to upscale condominiums and purchased and renovated homes in the district to spur other residential renovation.

Cranley co-founded the Ohio Innocence Project at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and served as administrative director from 2002-2006. The Ohio Innocence Project has thus far exonerated two innocent men.[5] Cranley's argument before Ohio's 5th Appellate District Court led to the reversal of Christopher Lee Bennett's conviction of aggravated vehicular homicide. Bennett had already served four years of a nine-year sentence before Cranley and the University of Cincinnati's Innocence Project were able to use DNA to help overturn his conviction.[6]

Political Campaigns[edit]

In 2000 and 2006, Cranley lost in Ohio's 1st congressional district race, capturing 45% of the vote in 2000 and 48% of the vote in 2006.

Cranley won the September 2013 primary election for mayor of Cincinnati and defeated Roxanne Qualls in the November, 2013 mayoral election.[7][8] He was officially elected on December 1, 2013.

Political positions[edit]

Street cars[edit]

Cranley campaigned against Cincinnati's streetcar system.[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Mallory
Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio
2013–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent