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4 Year Term, Salary $127,291.44.RESPONSIBILITIES: The mayor is the presiding officer at council meetings but not a council member, has veto power over council-passed legislation with an override provision, assigns legislative matters to council committees, and appoints and removes council committee chairs and the vice-mayor without the advice and consent of council. The mayor initiates the hiring and removal of the city manager with the advice and consent of council. The mayor’s salary is twice the salary of a member of council. The term limit for mayor is two successive four-year terms.(Vote for not more than 1)
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    John Cranley Mayor of Cincinnati

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Campaign Phone (513) 549-6278
Twitter twitter.com/JohnCranley
Education I graduated from St. William’s and St. Xavier High School. I have earned degrees from John Carroll University, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Divinity School.
Occupation Cincinnati Mayor, 2013- present. As mayor, the city has added 7,500 jobs, prioritized poverty reduction, and solved historic pension and budget problems.
Experience In private sector, built the Incline District in Price Hill. Co-founded Ohio Innocence Project to free innocent prisoners. On council, helped negotiate city's police-community agreement.
Endorsements OH Democratic Party Equality Cinci Rev KZ Smith Rev Damon Lynch Sr Dr Odell Owens Vice Mayor David Mann Councilman Christopher Smitherman Councilman Kevin Flynn Commissioner Todd Portune Commissioner Denise Driehaus State Rep Brigid Kelly Sheriff Jim Neil Auditor Dusty Rhodes Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco AFL-CIO American Fed of State Municipal & County Employees Firefighters Fraternal Order of Police UAW SEIU UFCW Iron Workers Heat & Frost Insulators Sheetmetal Workers Cinci Area Board of Realtors
Political Philosophy I dream big and have the collaborative, pragmatic ability to deliver. We must do our part to build a city with greater opportunity, especially for the most vulnerable. Asking citizens to contribute back to our community leads to collaboration and problem solving. Our historic job growth, increased minority contract inclusion, and help for low income people to work their way out of poverty have all resulted from broad-based community-led task forces that I have convened to address these problems.
The city is moving in the right direction because of our track record of progress that has added jobs, reduced poverty and built stronger neighborhoods. Our policies of job growth, epitomized by helping Children's Hospital expand, is working. We can't put this progress at risk. We will continue to make the city safer, bring jobs, reduce poverty, and build better neighborhoods. We will prioritize better public transit, combat the heroin epidemic, and invest in clean, renewable energy sources.
Collaboration is the best way to solve tough problems and we recently came to an agreement on the future of MSD by engaging in compromise. We are also working together to fight the heroin epidemic and expand public transit. Through collaboration we will work for solutions for infrastructure projects, such as Western Hills viaduct, and to create a robust, modern public transit system. Commissioners Portune & Driehaus endorsed my reelection because I work with them to solve our common problems.
We must ensure our city’s renaissance is shared by all citizens, especially long-term residents of improving neighborhoods. Through collaboration, we are adopting policies to ensure the affordable housing supply increases and that individuals receive necessary job training and access to living wage jobs. Our Hand Up Initiative and Child Poverty Collaborative are focused on helping parents get child care, transportation, job training, and the living wage jobs they need to support their families.
Campaign Phone (513) 549-1196
Twitter @Yvette4Cincy
Education I was the first in my family to graduate college, at Miami University. In 2004, I received my Juris Doctor degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. In 2014, I earned my M.B.A degree from Xavier University.
Occupation City of Cincinnati Councilmember
Experience Employment & Labor Law Attorney (Ulmer & Berne LLP); Currently serving on Cincinnati City Council (5 years) and President Pro-Tem of Cincinnati City Council.
Endorsements Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus; The Charter Committee of Greater Cincinnati; Democracy for America (DFA); The Collective Pac; Vote Pro Choice; The Cincinnati Enquirer; Higher Heights; SEIU Local 1; The Laborers; The Miami Group of Sierra Club; Cincinnati Equality PAC; Civil Rights Icon and Former Councilwoman Marian Spencer; Former Mayor Mark Mallory; Former Councilwoman Minette Cooper; Councilman Wendell Young; Councilman Chris Seelbach
Political Philosophy Leadership from the ground up, listening to the citizens. I believe in transparency and good government. Government should be accountable to the citizens first.
I envision a Cincinnati where residents feel safe and are invested in their neighborhoods with thriving, diverse communities that provide ample opportunities for the people who live and work here. I envision a Cincinnati where business, community, and government come together to solve the city’s problems and celebrate the city’s successes. I plan to work collaboratively with Council members to make the vision a reality.
Quarterly meetings between all members of City Council (and mayor) and Board of County Commissioner members. If the commitment letter is implemented, several meetings in community to ensure ratepayer input before implementing agreement. If there is no commitment, hold as many public input sessions as possible then begin negotiations.The City foots the majority of SORTA’s bill. We will begin to work with Tri-State partners to apply for any and all grants through federal government and others.
Being more thoughtful about what ALL community members want their neighborhoods to look like for the 10, 20, 50 years and use this as guidance for developers. The City will represent the community’s interests and input in any negotiations, not the developer’s interests. If ALL residents are given a chance to provide input that will be incorporated as much as possible, then displacement will be minimized. The City must be residents’ biggest and best advocate.

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