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Democrats Keep Tight Grip on Columbus City Hall

Columbus City Council incumbents Mary Ellen O'Shaughnessy and Kevin Boyce were re-elected while Mary Jo Hudson won her first full term following her appointment last year. Hudson, whose seat was considered the most vulnerable of the three said she's pleased voters recognized her value to the city.

Hudson says she plans to continue working on economic efforts such as minority business initiatives that should be completed before the holidays. She says she also plans to work with Boyce on youth employment opportunities for the 2006 summer season.

Mary Ellen O'Shaughnessy garnered the most votes. She chairs the council's public service, transportation and development committees. "We're going to work on the issues that matter most to me that I've worked hard on, you know, safe, walkable, bike-friendly, transit accessible neighborhoods." Says O'Shaughnessy.

Kevin Boyce says he's glad to serve another term on city council. But, he hinted he might consider running for other elective office in Columbus. "I'm happy to have a victory as a city council member and I'm proud to serve in that capacity. But, when the right time comes, I'll think about another leadership role in this city." Says Boyce. Boyce, O'Shaughnessy and Hudson begin their new terms in January.