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Cincinnatians, over the course of our great city’s existence, we have had sixty-nine mayors. Each passing of the baton of leadership, from one mayor to the next one, has given us moments of tremendous significance for the citizens of Cincinnati. Five moments have been especially impactful and noteworthy. These are what we can name theContinue reading “Five Marks of a Great Mayor for City of Cincinnati”
If you have a sense of wanting change at City Hall, And are tired by the status quo governing Cincy;If you are fundamentally uncomfortable and troubled, By the state of our local government and council;If you are sickened by political posturing and platitudes, And bored by the shenanigans of elected officials;If you want to endContinue reading “If – A poem by Dr. Herman Najoli”
Courtis Fuller: Meet Herman Najoli. He is an educator and author, a soccer, basketball, and track coach. And last year, a candidate for Hamilton County commissioner. Herman Najoli: I decided to run for mayor of Cincinnati because of the terrible situation that our city found itself in last year. Last year, this time, I wasContinue reading “Transcript of a Conversation with Courtis Fuller”
At a recent City Council meeting, a debate stewed at Plum Street regarding the proposed affordable housing charter amendment. Incredibly early the next day, I received an email from Council Member David Mann in which he asked me to sign a statement in opposition. It stated, ‘As candidates for the office of Mayor of Cincinnati,Continue reading “Why I Favor the Charter Amendment”
Recently, in an opinion piece titled, The Trouble with Cincinnati Politics, I outlined seven problems. In this post, I invite you to consider seven best practices targeted at addressing the problems. The collective practices emerge from corresponding first letters from the words ‘culture’ and ‘leaders’ to outline adaptable systemic changes for our local politics. HereContinue reading “In Search of Culture Leaders for Cincinnati Politics”
Local politics in Cincinnati is in very rough waters. Our city was named after a highly respected Roman statesman, Cincinnatus, in the hope that it would be a shiny city – the Queen city – the crown jewel of the Midwest. Unfortunately, as we cross into the 21st year of the 21st century, our cityContinue reading “The Trouble with Cincinnati Politics”
Intro by Mrs. Danyetta Najoli On a cold wintry day with a mix of rain and snow, Dr. Herman Najoli embraces the legendary Roman farmer, Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, as he launches a new campaign. This location, on the grounds of Sawyer Point at Yeatman’s Cove in Downtown Cincinnati, with the Central Business District to theContinue reading “Battle for the Character of our City”
Can Cincinnati become a shiny city? My family and friends pondered this question over our Thanksgiving meal while watching football. We did this under the backdrop of recent scandals that have rocked our political landscape and made our city a national embarrassment. After reflecting on the ideas that were shared, I have concluded that GreaterContinue reading “Ten Trade-offs Worth Making in Greater Cincinnati Politics”
As the dust settles on the 2020 race for Hamilton County Commissioner, I must express my gratitude. The words of poet Joseph Brodsky, in a poem written on his fortieth birthday, have always inspired me: “Yet till brown clay be crammed down my larynx, only gratitude will be gushing from it” (May 24, 1980). InContinue reading “Thank You Hamilton County”
I will 𝗥𝗘𝗣𝗥𝗘𝗦𝗘𝗡𝗧 you well because FAMILY MATTERS. I am raising a family, active in community, making mortgage payments, and living out my responsibility as a good guy in the community. I am a family man. FAMILY MATTERS. Here are six quick reasons why: F – Family demonstrates the normal state of a responsible adult.Continue reading “Family Matters”
Be assured that I will 𝗥𝗘𝗣𝗥𝗘𝗦𝗘𝗡𝗧 you well. Yesterday I shared my personality. Today I want to touch on my intelligence. Intelligence is a complex concept as there are different schools of thought on it. I will restrict myself to a less controversial aspect that I studied for my doctoral research – wisdom. There areContinue reading “Intelligence Matters”
Here’s why I will 𝗥𝗘𝗣𝗥𝗘𝗦𝗘𝗡𝗧 you well – personality and intelligence. Today I outline my personality and tomorrow, will touch on my intelligence. Here are some leadership traits personality assessments taken over the past ten years. As your Commissioner I will use these traits as a lever to harness and engage remarkable minds that willContinue reading “Personality Matters”
Friends, we are all 𝗥𝗨𝗡𝗡𝗘𝗥𝗦 racing against time: Picture being in a grueling race and finally reaching that point where you turn a corner and behold!, the finish line is in sight! Today marks exactly two weeks to the finish line of this race for Commissioner. In launching my campaign, I hammered out 230-miles ofContinue reading “Running for Posterity’s Sake”
To 𝗣𝗘𝗘𝗥𝗦: I am a college-educated Black man and my wife is a college-educated Black lady. We are a college-educated Black family. Many of you are college educated too. I did not go to a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) like my wife who went to Fisk University for her undergrad. But we metContinue reading “College-Educated Black Man”
A journalist asked me recently, “What’s your favorite book?” I responded quickly, “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader by John Maxwell”. I have enjoyed many John Maxwell books. Most of my depth of leadership insight has emerged from doctoral study and research with organizational leaders across the country. In this posting, I want toContinue reading “Six ACTIVE habits of a great commissioner”
Voters never forget. In 2008 the Hamilton County Democratic and Republican parties took away our right to vote for a commissioner. In an awful backroom deal, we saw a political game where the duopoly robbed us. This year we rebuke them. This election we say NO MORE to political games and backroom business deals. Rewrite the playbook and vote in the non-party candidate. Vote Najoli for Commissioner. …Read more by clicking on the link above.
Late last month, on the last day of August, my opponents both made a splash with articles published in the Enquirer. The distinguished gentleman from Indian Hill had an article published online at 9:32 am in which he shared his opinion that one opponent is missing in action on the key issues in Hamilton County.Continue reading “My opponents are right about two things but wrong about many things”
This week we are celebrating the 57th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic ‘I have a dream speech.’ As we celebrate and make commitments to public service, my family is delighted to be on the verge of a great dream in Hamilton County. My husband, Dr. Herman Jumba Najoli, has just entered a new season of civic and public service! …Read more by clicking on the link above.
Friends, we have come to that time of the campaign season where everyone is talking about debates, so I want to state my campaign’s position very clearly. All organizations in Hamilton County should always be doing everything they can to protect the great American experiment of democracy. All leaders and all citizens should always be working diligently to allow for full participation by their fellow leaders and citizens in all electoral processes.… Read more by clicking the title above.
Today is July Fourth, 2020. Happy Fourth of July! I am honored to be on the ballot this year and humbled to be walking in the footsteps of many who paved the way for me to be the first Independent and the first Black male to ever make it to the ballot for commissioner in Hamilton County’s 230-year history. So, for the next seven minutes or so, I want to talk on the topic, … Read more by clicking the title above.
As a young person growing up in Kenya, I never experienced racism. I did not know what racism was until I came to the United States. As a private resident in the US, whenever incidents of racism occurred, I made very few remarks since I was on a journey of understanding the country that I am now a citizen of and have a duty toward. … Read more by clicking the title above.
My campaign seeks to honor the past, celebrate the present, and envision the future. These three themes cut through the ten reasons why I am running. These ten reasons, in order of FRIENDSHIP (it is not what you think), are as follows. … Read more by clicking the title above.
Many have delighted in the wisdom and tranquility offered by the Desiderata for many years. Max Ehrmann’s poem speaks for all time. With all that is going on globally today, I believe it would serve us well to have a new angle of the poem. … Read more by clicking the title above.
While crisscrossing the county, I thought frequently about my foundations and the colors to use for my campaign. In this article, I outline how all this came together. … Read more by clicking the title above.
Today, March 23, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine’s order to ‘stay-at-home’ goes into effect in Hamilton County and in the entire state of Ohio starting at 11:59 PM. … Read more by clicking the title above.
I stand here at historic Mt. Echo Park, to announce that I will be on the General Election ballot on November 3rd as the first independent candidate to ever appear on the ballot for County Commissioner! … Read more by clicking the title above.
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