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4 Year Term. Salary $63,645.72.RESPONSIBILITIES: Governing body of the city. Each council member also serves on several of the committees which study, hold hearings and listen to citizens’ complaints or points of view on all proposed ordinances, resolutions, and motions before they are acted upon by the full council. The mayor has a seat on the council but no vote. Council members are limited to two successive four-year terms.Member of Council - 9 to be elected - 4 year term
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    Derek Bauman Retired Police Officer

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    Erica L. Black Johnson Visionary Entrepreneur

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    Cristina Burcica Senior Engineer

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    Tamaya Dennard Tamaya Dennard

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    Michelle Dillingham CEO of Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati

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    Tonya Dumas Business Owner, The House of Dumas Chinoiserie Gallerie

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    Manuel Foggie Private Investigator

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    Henry Frondorf Preconstruction Manager

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    Brian Garry Owner - Green City EcoStruction

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    Lesley Jones Pastor/Consultant

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    Greg Landsman Former strategic advisor to the Cincinnati Preschool Promise

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    David Mann attorney/public servant

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    Amy Murray Current Cincinnati City Councilwoman, Former Procter & Gamble Global Business Development Manager, Small Business Owner

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    Jeff Pastor Executive Director for CLS Epilepsy Research Foundation, Inc.

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    Kelli Prather Occupational Therapist

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    Laure Quinlivan Filmmaker, Small Business Owner

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    Chris Seelbach Cincinnati Councilmember

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    P.G. Sittenfeld Entrepreneur & Elected Official

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    Christopher E.C. Smitherman Financial Planner

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    Tamie Sullivan President, Sullivan Communications, Inc.

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    Dadrien Washington (Write-in) Delivery Service Rep for DXC Technology

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    Wendell Young Retired

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What changes can be adopted to improve law enforcement and strengthen community-police relations? (500 characters)

How do you propose to meet the need for affordable housing in Cincinnati? (500 characters)

How can citizens be more effectively involved in decision making? (500 characters)

Campaign Phone (513) 262-0345
Twitter @derekbauman
Education BS Business Administration, MS Education, MBA Graduate of Ohio's Police Executive Leadership College and Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command.
Occupation Retired Police Officer
Experience Vice Chair, All Aboard Ohio, a 501c3 Public Transit Advocacy Organization. Chair, Cincinnati NAACP Transportation Committee. Board Member & Coach, West End Reds Youth Baseball Organization. Past President, Mason Police Association.
Endorsements Jim Obergefell, Civil Rights and Marriage Equality Activist, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 627, Cincinnati Charter Committee, Plumbers, Pipefitters, & Mechanical Equipment Service Local 392, Democratic Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, Teamsters Local 100, Greater Cincinnati Building Trades Council, Laborers Local 265, Sierra Club, Sheet Metal Workers (SMART) Local 24, Sprinkler Fitters Local 669, Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council, Equality Cincinnati, Cincinnati Federation of Teachers
Political Philosophy I am a Progressive Democrat and endorsed Charterite. Black Lives Matter. I am Pro Choice, Pro Labor, Pro Public Schools, support LGBTQ rights, women's rights, immigrant rights, universal healthcare, and have been an outspoken proponent for public transit, marijuana legalization, historic preservation, and against corporate welfare. I have been and will continue to be a bold voice for the voiceless.
Cincinnati has been a model for big city policing via the Consent Decree and the Collaborative Agreement. We must complete the Collaborative Refresh and I would urge the FOP to return to the table and be a party to it. We must continue to promote a community policing philosophy. We should also re-approach the University of Cincinnati to follow through on former President Ono’s promise to become a signatory to the Collaborative. A former police officer, I'll be a leading voice for justice reform.
Use Community Benefit Agreements and robust community engagement on the front end of development deals that receive city funding/abatements. Support LISC efforts to research and implement best practices from across the country in order to fund affordable housing. Increase wages for workers by fighting right to work. Bring working class jobs back to the city and create robust public transit connecting people to jobs which will help on the income side of the affordability equation.
Elected leaders must be willing to listen to citizens and citizens’ orgs in the first place. Many people don't engage because they feel like their voices don’t matter – that the decisions are predetermined and usually to the benefit of the monied interests and campaign donors. And they’re right. But there is strength in numbers. It is important to get engaged with civic organizations, community councils, and direct communication with elected officials. Ultimately your vote is your voice.
Campaign Phone (513) 604-1171
Twitter @iamerica4cincy
Education Coursework in Information Systems Management from Keller Graduate School of Management; Bachelors in Public Administration with a minor in Professional Writing from Capital University; and Mt. Healthy High School
Occupation Visionary Entrepreneur
Experience Customer Service Ohio Department of Job & Family Services; Planning Administrator for Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency; Councilmember for City of North College Hill; Data Entry & Financial Assistance for Freestore Foodbank.
Endorsements None
Political Philosophy Independent = When the people are good, communities are great!
A critical systemic issue that is going to take a balanced strategic & promoted effort for accountability & change. Police: a Diversity Plan; training enhancements that focus on cultural sensitivity, de-escalation, identification of serious crimes, & consistent enforcement procedures; comprehensive performance review & disciplinary procedures; & periodic rotating Night Outs. Community: avoid engaging in & associating with illegal activity & crime; compliance; and formal complaint process.
The need for affordable housing can best be met by Council through Inclusionary Zoning legislation that requires a proportion of proposed multi-unit housing developments be low- to moderate-income. We can also appeal to State and Federal authorities to reduce the amount of mortgage eligible tax breaks and convert the deductions to non-refundable tax credit so that the savings can be passed to localities for housing.
By exercising their right to vote and electing public officials who represent their best interest. Citizens have the most power of anyone in their communities, therefore, they should unite and build/strengthen their community councils, and develop businesses and programs in their communities so that they can communicate with one another, as well as City Hall and other public leaders. The people must stay engaged on issues that impact them because "when the people are good, the City is great!"
Campaign Phone (513) 305-2929
Twitter CristinaBurcica
Education • Herku Consultancy, Netherlands EU: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, 2012 • Univ. of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH: Electrical Engineering: Masters of Science, 2008 • Univ. of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH: Physics/Condensed Matter Experiments: Masters of Science, 2003 • Univ. of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH: Certificate of Information Technology (A+), 2003 • Univ. of Bucharest, Bucharest EU: Physics / Major Electronics: Bachelor of Science (5 years),1997 • Circuit and Systems Designs (’05 -’07): Stochastic P
Occupation Senior Engineer
Experience Automotive Large USA OEMs: Electrical R&D Engineer (PIC) 2011-present Semiconductors Large USA OEM: Hardware Lab Manager 2007-2011 University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH: R&D, Teaching and Research Assistant 2000-2007 • Public School, Bucharest 97
Endorsements I will release them during meeting
Political Philosophy You can do whatever you want as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else
Police has already been taking the right steps. Since the Timothy Thomas. shootings in 2001 CPD has made a conscience effort to improve comunity relations. I feel that they have made great progress but work still needs to done so 1. All officers should be on the street at some time during the year. 2. Officers should spend more time out of their cars when they are out on the street 3. The police commanders should spend more time on the street out of their cars.
First of all housing in Cincinnati is pretty darned affordable. To make it more affordable we should limit regulations on landlords. We should cut out section A because it drives out the rents. I support habitat for humanity.
We do away with at large voting for council. Council should be elected by district. Local government should be more transparent their book should be online and citizens should be encouraged to look at it through an app on their phone. Do you know how much it cost you to have your garbage picked up? Keep the parking meters, sell the garbage.
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Campaign Phone (513) 655-7108
Twitter Personal: @TDennard Campaign: @TamayaForCincy
Education Aiken High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) Toulouse School of Business (Toulouse, France and Barcelona, Spain) Bachelor of Business Administration - International Business - University of Cincinnati - Carl H. Lindner College of Business
Occupation Social and Civic Innovation Specialist at Design Impact
Experience 10+ years of real estate experience, including Duke Energy 6+ years as Senior Advisor/Political Director/Aide for PG Sittenfeld 1.5 years in social innovation/design at Design Impact
Endorsements Democratic Party Charter Committee Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 392 Amalgamated Transit Union Local 627 AFSCME Local 8 Teamsters Local 100 Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus National Association of Social Workers Asbestos Workers Local 8 Sierra Club Laborers' Local Union Local 627 Cincinnati POWR PAC Our Revolution - Greater Cincinnati
Political Philosophy Everyone counts. Everyone matters. I don’t believe the CEO of Kroger should have more access to City Hall than a single mother in Winton Terrace. People who are most impacted by a challenge have to be a part of the process to design the way out of that challenge in a meaningful, authentic way; not just being asked for feedback after the decisions have been made. We need new voices and different experiences to be a part of the discussion. Access/opportunity should be afforded to everyone.
Increasing public safety goes beyond the level of police officers we have on the street. It’s just as much as much about what opportunities we are providing. Good paying career opportunities for people with criminal backgrounds are really important to the reduction of crime and recidivism in our city. Our police department needs more help developing the cultural competencies they need in order to effectively communicate and engage the communities they serve.
We need to demand more of developers who ask for city assistance in the form of tax subsidies. We need to offer rent abatement as well as tax abatements recognizing that many people who are experiencing poverty aren’t always homeowners. Rent abatements allow us to be more responsible and thoughtful in our approach to affordable housing. We also have to move away from concentrated poverty as it creates problems, such as high instances of crime.
Government accessibility is a big part of our platform. Democracy isn’t a spectator’s sport. But there are things government can do to help out that process. For starters, city council meetings should be changed to 6pm from 2pm so that more people can engage in their meetings.

I would also like to see at least one full council meeting held in every single community in Cincinnati. We have to take government to people and not always wait for them to come to Ivory Tower.
Campaign Phone (513) 602-4260
Twitter @VoteDillingham
Education MSW, Masters of Social Work, Administration University of Cincinnati (2005) LISW, License to Independently Practice Social Work in the State of Ohio since 2009 (#I 0900291) BA, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Reed College (1995)
Occupation Social Worker
Experience -Legislative Aide to former Vice Mayor Crowley for 4 years -Long-standing service on several boards with significant fiscal responsibilities, including a state-wide commission -CEO responsible for all aspects of leading a non-profit organization
Endorsements Cincinnati Democratic Committee, Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus, Equality Cincinnati, Miami Group of the Sierra Club, Laborers Local 265, Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council, UFCW Local 75, Teamsters, Local 100, Iron Workers Local 372, IBEW Local 212, Cincinnati Building & Construction Trades Council, Heat & Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers Local 8, Cincinnati Federation of Teachers, ATU Local 627, UAW-CAP Council, NASW-Ohio, AFSCME Local 8, Our Revolution of Gtr Cincinnati (as of 9/17)
Political Philosophy Progressive
I support the recommitment to the Collaborative Agreement, a nationally recognized strategy to improve community-police relations. I support professional development and on-going training for police so they are well-equipped to deal with the challenges they face in our city. I support opportunities where police can partner with social workers in cases where there may be issues of mental illness at play. I support recruiting a police force that reflects the communities in which they are policing.
Thousands of families are without safe and affordable housing in our city, and we continue to be in an affordable housing crisis. I propose we implement affordable housing policies that have been proven to be successful. These include creating an Affordable Housing Trust Fund, Inclusionary Zoning, investment in rapid-re-housing funding and permanent-supportive housing for special needs populations. My years of affordable housing policy advocacy will serve our city well to address this issue.
A group of citizens, the “Community Engagement Advisory Team” made recommendations to improve citizen engagement with City Hall. They researched 19 comparable cities on best models of engagement resulting in a proposal “Strength in Unity: A Proposal to Create a Flourishing Citizen Engagement Culture in the City of Cincinnati”. It was unanimously adopted by city council, but ignored by the current administration. Its implementation would be a great first step toward effectively involving citizens
Campaign Phone (513) 830-4206
Twitter Tonyadumas1
Education Xavier University- Bachelors of Liberal Arts with a Concentration in Organizational Leadership and a Minor in Gender & Diversity Studies Grass Roots Leadership Academy Graduate, Parents Leadership Academy Graduate (CPS), The Jenny Laster Community Engagement Academy Graduate, The Mortar Entrepreneurship Program Graduate (Walnut Hills) Citizens on Patrol Graduate ( Evanston Community)
Occupation Change Agent
Experience Field Organizer Ohio Democratic Party Ohio Together - Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign 2016 Team Leader (Evanston Community) Barack Obama Campaign 2008
Endorsements I am the People's Choice Candidate!
Political Philosophy Educating , emerging, and engaging our citizens for economic empowerment and equity!
We must remain committed to diversifying our police department by actively seeking out diverse recruits, thus improving community relations between citizens and officers. We must invest in sensitivity (cultural awareness) training. Issues of race relations must be an ongoing dialogue, between the departments and its officers, also forming community partnerships and coalitions! We should continue our Police Cadette Program recruiting inner city youth creating a positive image of law enforcement.
Mixed income projects through inclusionary housing requirements, avoiding many of the extra cost that come with standard affordable housing, Mobility or choice, poverty deconcentration or Poverty dispersal, we may want to move some i.e. Walnut Hills Seniors to Hyde Park or Oakley or move some Hyde park millennials to Walnut Hills or Evanston. I hope we can work toward an amicable decision housing is a basic human need, and all citizens should have shelter. Tiny Houses in neighborhoods.
My campaign slogan is Citizens Emerged, Engaged and Empowered for Equity! Many of our citizens the elderly, homeless, youth and disabled are less likely to get involved in the community council setting. We must create other platforms for civic engagement where all citizens may feel comfortable sharing their individual gifts,skills and talents. Community Councils need to embrace all residents and work harder to invite and create fellowship with its neighbors. We need citizens to vote!
Campaign Phone (513) 706-6563
Twitter @manuelfoggie
Education Northwest High School 2011-2015 Firefighter II 2013-2015 Mount St Joseph University 2015-2019
Occupation Private Investigator State of Ohio District manger for Cricket Wireless Student Assistant at Clark Montessori Assistant Swim Coach at Walnut Hills High School
Endorsements Laborers’ International Union of North America
Political Philosophy I see the voices of our neighborhoods fading away their needs are not being heard. Needless to say, affordable workforce housing, reliable transportation system, community friendly public safety system, and prevailing schools that’s giving options to students upon graduation are most urgent .The current City Council members have done a good job of trying to focus on their issues, but are met with organized resistance from those who want to expand capital investments. In speaking with people I he
A community policing model would embrace employment and youth development policies as pathways to improving safety across Cincinnati. Cincinnati leaders have talked about implementing a community policing model for far too long without meaningful action. Additionally, Cincinnati needs its first responders to have more training to deal with mental health. Making changes such as these requires more than simply adjusting policies. It requires changing the police union’s behavior. Email me for more.
Cincinnati is a growing city, with more than 100 people moving here a week. I want Cincinnati to be a welcoming city that is open to new residents including low wage workers, people of color and job seeking immigrant. We need to work to protect our existing communities against further gentrification and displacement that our communities have experienced. Our city is one of few across the country that is filled with love. With rising inequality outrages and climate disasters. Email me for more.
The best part of campaigning has been meeting people face-to-face. Not only will I be available via Facebook, e-mail, twitter, and official meetings, but I will also continue holding meet and greets so that people have a chance to talk to me and tell me their concerns or issues. The worst part about campaigning has been hearing people tell me how they have tried to be heard and have felt pushed away or excluded. That’s unacceptable. I am asking to work for you and part of that is being visible.
Campaign Phone (513) 748-1507
Twitter @Frondorf4Cincy
Education University of Toledo, Bachelor of Arts, 2006 / U.S. Green Building Council, LEED AP, 2009 / American Society of Professional Estimators, Certified Professional Estimator, 2012
Occupation Preconstruction Manager at Lithko Restoration Technologies
Experience HGC Construction, Estimator, 09-15 / Lithko Restoration Technologies, Preconstruction Manager, 2015-Present / Cincinnati Neighborhood Games, Founder / Westwood Civic Association, 1st Vice President / Westwood Coaltion, facilitator
Endorsements Charter Committee of Greater Cincinnati POWR PAC Cincinnati City Councilmember Kevin Flynn
Political Philosophy Government must keep people safe and secure and should be managed openly on a structurally balanced budget.
As the 1st VP of Westwood Civic Association, I am involved in the Westwood Uniting to Stop the Violence effort, which is a community-backed crime reduction initiative that works hand in hand with the CPD program PIVOT. The efforts have contributed to the fifty percent decrease in violent crime at the corner of Harrison and McHenry. Communities can reduce crime when they work together with police. I will apply the lessons learned from WUTSTV as a model for other neighborhoods across the city.
I will work to ensure that affordable housing properties are maintained by property owners through enforcing existing building and zoning codes. I also support the proposed Housing Court as I believe it could ensure that our low-income residents have a safe and welcoming place to call home. The City Planning Department is currently working with several neighborhoods on improvement plans. I will ensure that affordable housing is part of the discussion when developing neighborhood improvement plan
First we must get citizens excited about their communities. In Westwood, Westwood Works, a fun and engaging community organization has hosted events like Second Saturdays and Westwood Deck the Hall, which have increased community engagement. Using Westwood Works as a model for other neighborhoods we can promote community involvement. To engage more citizens at the City level, I aim to have City Council meetings moved to the evening to allow for more residents to attend and give their input.
Campaign Phone (513) 221-8683
Twitter @briangarry
Education Bachelor of Music, Northern Kentucky University Liberal Arts Degree, University of Cincinnati
Occupation Green / Sustainable Builder
Experience Environmental, social and economic justice leader, hires second chance workers, collaborates with others in neighborhoods across the city to create positive change
Endorsements AFL-CIO, AFSCME Council 8, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 627, Teamsters Local 100, Service Employees Union International Local 1, United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 75, Cincinnati Federation of Teachers, The Green Party, Political Revolution, Our Revolution, Marian Spencer, Todd Portune
Political Philosophy Let's make sure everyone gets to enjoy the progress our city is making.
Regular interactions – meetings, trainings, athletic events, conferences, neighborhood walks – which bring officers and citizens together in a friendly atmosphere – will assist every one involved in increasing the kindness toward each other in communities. De-escalation training for police officers is an effective tool, as would be listening sessions for citizens, particularly our youth. Police-community relations would benefit from developing a true partnership with each other.
I am advocating for the creation of an Affordable Housing Trust Fund, to begin to fill the 28,000 unit gap that currently exists for families in poverty in Cincinnati. Cincinnati is one of the few cities our size in the country that do not have such a Fund, working to increase the supply of quality affordable housing. I would finance this Fund by ending the property tax rollback, which costs a minimal amount per home, but would provide over $5 million annually to build housing.
We can provide more funding through the Neighborhood Support Program, to enable community councils to communicate even better with their residents. This funding began in the early 80s as $10,000, and is now much lower due to budget concerns over the years. A $20,000 yearly grant to each community council would meet the need. And we as a city can create a system where questions go out on a regular basis to community based groups and to citizens, asking for their opinions, needs and input.
Education B.S. in Social Science Education, Miami University; Certificate of Ministry, MTS, Lexington Theological Seminary, 2018
Occupation Pastor and Consultant
Experience 25+ years improving the quality of life for all people: Educating and Empowering Youth; taught at CPS, Marva Collins Preparatory, Job Corps Promoting Healthy Living; former Director, Melrose YMCA Outreach and Citizen Engagement; former ED-CHRC
Endorsements Hamilton County Democratic Party Ohio AFSME Power in Action Our Revolution AFL-CIO ATU LOCAL 627 UAW CAP Cincinnati Federation of Teachers/Cincinnati Federation of Office Professionals 1889 Friends of the Sentinels Baptist Ministers PAC
Political Philosophy I believe that government’s role is to ensure the fair and equitable treatment of all people and to regulate standards to the good and benefit of the whole community regardless of race, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religion/beliefs, education or background. All persons are created equal but unfortunately, all people are not treated equal, therefore, it takes laws, policies, and public servants to ensure fairness and justice for all.
Ensure just policing, end racial profiling, decriminalize mental illness, de-militarize our police department, empower citizens to police themselves by partnering with neighbors and officers to problem-solve. Officer recruitment to increase minority and women, expanded bike patrol, increased funding to the CPD-Youth Services Unit, Community-Police Partnering Center, CIRV and more funding from asset forfeiture to citizen-led, community-based programs to address gun violence and drug addiction.
With a 40,000 unit gap in affordable housing, I propose decreasing the length of time tax abatements are offered, re-directing a percentage of tax payments to create an Affordable Housing Fund for working families, and policy changes that incentivized inclusionary zoning, requiring a percentage of new and re-developed housing for the lowest income households; reduce and eliminate barriers to housing by eliminating conviction and criminal history questions on job and housing applications
Staff, fund and implement citizen participation and engagement programs that are incentivized for citizens and government employees, easy to access and aligned with citizen concerns, use familiar, accessible technology, employ a variety of ways to communicate to citizens and receive their feedback, empower citizens to lead, move a Council meeting to a more accessible time, such as one monthly evening meeting at 6pm, participatory budgeting, and doing intentional outreach to marginalized citizens
Campaign Phone (513) 646-0186
Twitter https://twitter.com/Vote_Landsman
Education Ohio University, B.A. in Economics; Harvard Divinity School, M.T.S.
Occupation CEO, 767 Group, a child and education advocacy firm; strategic advisor, Every Child Capital, former strategic adviser, Cincinnati Preschool Promise; former Executive Director, The StrivePartnership.
Experience From serving as a classroom teacher to leading major investments in early childhood education such as the Preschool Promise & Every Child Capital, a venture philanthropy fund, I have spent my career working on behalf of children & families.
Endorsements Hamilton County Democratic Party, National Association of Social Workers Region 6, Miami Group Sierra Club, Equality Cincinnati Cincinnati, AFL-CIO Labor Council, IBEW Local 212, Greater Cincinnati Building Trades, AFSCME Local 1543, Ironworkers Local 44, Teamsters Local 100, Sheet Metal Workers Local 24, and more at www.greglandsman.com.
Political Philosophy I believe that people can shape events & change history, that we must lead with our core values, & focus on getting meaningful results for those we serve. I believe in bringing people together to solve problems for real change. I am a bridge-builder & problem-solver who has & will continue to get results for children & families. I strongly believe in fairness, the need to support working families, to grow a more inclusive middle class, & to ensure we lift up those who have been marginalized.
Safe neighborhoods are crucial to making Cincinnati a better place for children & families. A new recruit class, resources for training, & infrastructure support will help, as will additional investments in community-police problem-solving efforts. The Collaborative “refresh” will be critical, & we must support all efforts that further strengthen community-police relations. Our communities need leaders at City Hall that bring people together to solve problems, & I hope to be one of them.
We need to make Cincinnati a much better place to live & raise a family, especially for those who have been left out of the city’s growth & revitalization. I have proposed a working group of developers, affordable housing leaders, & economic development officials to identify ways to incentivize affordable housing as part of new development. I will support an Affordable Housing Trust Fund, & help to bring business & community leaders together to make sure the fund is significant & sustainable.
The best solutions are driven by those most affected by public policy. The Cincinnati Preschool Promise, for example, was a community-driven plan shaped by both parents & providers. Major legislation in Cincinnati should be no different. I have proposed a budget process that is more intentional and transparent with significant input from citizens. I’d like to see City Hall stay accountable by committing to knocking doors every month, & hosting listening sessions in the city throughout the year.
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Campaign Phone (513) 621-2888
Twitter https://twitter.com/dsmann115?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
Education Harvard College cum laude; Harvard Law School magna cum laude
Occupation attorney with Mann & Mann, general civil practice with emphasis on discrimination based on race, gender, age, disability, national origin or sexual preference
Experience 22 years as member of council, 1974-1992, 2013-2017; 3 years as mayor, 1981-1983 & 1991; member of congress 1993-1994.
Endorsements democratic party charter committee firefighters local 48 FOP Sierra club cincinnati building trades afscme region council 8 partnership of westside residents political action committee
Political Philosophy the purpose of government is to provide for public safety and well being, public infrastructure, a just and equitable community, and to act as a catalyst to improve neighborhoods and employment opportunities.
I support the renewal of the collaborative agreement initiative. We gained so much as a community with the collaborative agreement. We can only gain further with reviewing the issues and the state of our community once more. We cannot ignore the reality that economic disparity and discrimination must be addressed if we are to be all that we can be as a community. It is unfair to expect our police to solve all the problems of our urban community.
I support reducing tax abatements for development projects with mandatory payments in lieu of taxes of 15% of the abated taxes. Half of the 15% would go into a fund for projects in the neighborhood where the development is located. Neighborhood leadership would determine the use of these funds. The other half of the 15% would go into a citywide fund supporting affordable housing. As this source of funds increases, they can be used to support home ownership among other initiatives.
Neighborhood organizations are the key. I attend many meetings - community councils; neighborhood development corporation and so on. Some communities have an amazing mix of engaged citizens determined to make their neighborhood better. The meetings are filled with creative ideas, energy and enthusiasm. The city must support these neighborhoods with increased NSP funds and with development dollars that allow dreams and plans to be realized.
Campaign Phone (513) 490-9734
Twitter @ElectAmyMurray
Education B.A. in Economics, Arizona State University
Occupation Current Cincinnati City Councilwoman, Former Procter & Gamble Global Business Development Manager, Small Business Owner
Experience Current Cincinnati City Councilwoman, Past President of Hyde Park Community Council, Former Procter & Gamble Global Business Development Manager Chairman, Transportation Committee Vice Chair, Budget and Finance Committee
Endorsements Hamilton County Republican Party, Charter Committee of Cincinnati, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #69, International Association of Fire Fighters #48
Political Philosophy I believe in open and transparent government that serves the citizens of Cincinnati. During my 4 years on Council, It's been my goal to be accessible and to work in a pragmatic fashion to implement solutions to the issues facing our city: balancing the budget, providing basic services, ensuring public safety, and fighting the heroin crisis.
A constant line of communication is needed from the police chief to the beat cop to the citizens. This needs to be established as a top priority for each officer wherever they are assigned so that issues and concerns work their way up the chain of command. Communication also applies to councilmembers, who should be in touch with the police and all of the communities so that all community stakeholders are aware of the greatest issues of concern.
In the same way that the city provides incentives such as property tax abatements for new construction and remodeling of market rate housing, it should provide similar and equitable incentives for affordable housing.
Citizens can be more actively involved in decision making by getting involved in their neighborhood community council. Our city has 52 vibrant neighborhoods and the community councils that advocate on behalf of the neighborhoods are powerful voices in affecting change.

As a past president of the Hyde Park Community Council, I firmly believe that the power to make a difference in our city and our neighborhoods is getting involved at the most local level of government: the community council.
Campaign Phone (513) 240-0949
Twitter @jefferypastor1
Education Withrow High School Graduate; B.A. in Communications, Central State University; M.Div., Payne Theological Seminary; M.B.A. in Finance, Wright State University
Experience U.S. Navy Reserve, Ohio National Guard, Former School Teacher and Small Business Owner.
Endorsements Hamilton County Republican Party, Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police, Equality Cincinnati Political Action Committee
Political Philosophy I am committed to reducing poverty, crime, and taxpayer costs by focusing on job creation, education/job training and housing.
The Collaborative Agreement Refresh is the vehicle to improve law enforcement and strengthen police-community relations. Cincinnati has the finest police department in the United States. Our city has been the model for how police and communities should work together to solve problems. After Mr. Saul Green reviews the progress made by the City regarding the Collaborative Agreement, the City should work very hard to implement any goals and recommendations Mr. Green presents to City Council.
I propose creating an economic environment where all citizens across all income levels can find higher paying jobs and afford the housing they desire in Cincinnati. Further, I propose cutting fees and other costs for those who apply for property tax abatements due to building new developments or improving upon current structures. Applicants for these specific tax abatements must agree to divert a portion of the tax that is due towards affordable housing.
Citizens can attend city council meetings and participate in the public comment portion if they have concerns or ideas they want to share with their elected officials. Additionally, more citizens should consider attending community forums and community council meetings where ideas can be exchanged and self-determination in the neighborhoods can take place. Finally, citizens should call and email their elected officials to voice their concerns and hold them accountable for their votes.
Campaign Phone (513) 258-9586
Twitter Kelli4Cincy
Education Ph.Dl Student - Union Institute & University Ohio Media School - Radio and Television Broadcasting Master of Occupational Therapy - University of Findlay Bachelor of Science emphasis Occupational Therapy Associate Applied Science Occupational Therapy Assisting - Cincinnati State, Technical and Community College Associate of Science/Associate of Arts - Cincinnati Technical College
Occupation Budding Politician Occupational Therapist Talk Show Host Radio Personality
Experience CEO of a Medicare/Medicaid Home Health Agency - Enhanced Healthcare Solutions LLC (Ohio) CEO - Life Skills Enhancement Occupational Therapy Services P.C. (New York) Host of Ohio Based Talk Shows- "Catching Up With Kelli" "Kelli's Commentary"
Endorsements I am a public servant, I work for the people on behalf of the People. I put people over politics.
Political Philosophy I believe that a true democratic government should be open, accessible and run by the whole population. True democracy is accepting of citizens from all walks of life regardless of race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, class or gender. My favourite quote is "W get together on the basis of our similarities, we grow on the basis of our differences." God Bless Every Citizen Within the Wonderful United States of America."
In order to improve law enforcement and strengthen community-police relations I believe we need more community based forums to provide more one to one interpersonal interactions. Law enforcement officers need to be offered mental health breaks and time to interact with citizens in a casual environment. I believe this would help bridge the gap between officers and community members. This would also help citizens to feel more comfortable engaging with citizens in a nonthreatening environment.
Considering that I was raised in low income housing, I am a huge supporter of affordable housing. I believe housing should be income-based. We need to make a concerted effort to create thriving mixed income communities where individuals from all income levels can work together, exchange ideas and create solutions to community based problems. I also believe in rent stabilization programs where citizens can remain in their apartments without fear of having rent increases based on minimal raises
Citizens can be more effectively involved in decision making is Council Meetings are held during a time when they can actually be present during the meeting. Meeting times and schedules should be communicated in a timely manner to ensure citizenry participation. A Charter amendment could be created to ensure that citizens are involved in major decisions that will impact the City as a whole. In order to ensure that citizenry participation is taking place an oversight committee can be created.
Campaign Phone (513) 520-4809
Twitter @LaureQuinlivan
Education Miami University, B.S. Communications Miami University European Center, Luxembourg
Occupation FIlmmaker & Small Business Owner. President, LQ Consulting (Video, PR, Marketing)
Experience Cincinnati City Council, 2009-2013 LQ Consulting, 2007-present WCPO-TV I-Team Reporter, 1995-2007
Endorsements Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus, Miami Group of the Sierra Club, Laborers Local 265, Iron Workers Local 44, SEIU 1199, Teamsters Local 100, Carpenters Local 2, IBEW Local 212, Greater Cincinnati Building Trades, IUPAT DC-6 (glaziers local 387), Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 392, Sheet Metal Workers Local 24
Political Philosophy "Cleaner, Greener, Smarter" is my vision. That's livable, walkable, bikeable neighborhoods with nearby public transportation, locally owned shops and restaurants, and a diverse mix of people and housing, It's prioritizing the environment and sustainable solutions to challenges we face. I believe that citizens often have the best ideas, and we must listen to them. As we invest to progress, ensure everyone benefits from the forward progress.
We can adopt and fund programs for police officers to interact with young people, and form relationships beyond the traditional cops and troublemakers mentality.

We must use the latest technologies to target the 5% of citizens who commit crimes.

We must ensure police respond quickly and positively to citizens who report trouble and seek help.

We must continue to use and promote community policing strategies.

Invite citizens to site and design police buildings, as with the new District 3 HQ.
Lack of affordable housing is a crisis here and around the country, and a Community Building Institute report finds Hamilton County is 40,000 units short of affordable housing units needed here.

I propose enacting policies to incentivize and/or require developers to build affordable and workforce housing, especially when developers seek tax abatement or any financial/zoning help from the city.

Inclusionary zoning and an Affordable Housing Trust Fund are options to consider for our city.
Citizens can be heard via social media, email, phone calls and personal visits to city council offices. When I served on council 2009-2013, we responded to citizen mail, email and visits.

Citizens can get involved in neighborhood community councils and development corporations.

Council members can visit neighborhoods to host “out of the box" events such as cookouts and parties, to reach citizens whose work and family obligations may prevent them from attending monthly neighborhood meetings.
Campaign Phone (513) 348-4329
Twitter https://twitter.com/chrisseelbach
Education St. Xavier High School Xavier University, B.S.B.A University of Dayton School of Law, Juris Doctor Harvard University, Bohnett Fellow for Senior Executives in State & Local Government
Occupation Cincinnati Councilmember
Experience Honored by President Obama as a "White House Champion of Change," in his 6 years on Council, Chris Seelbach passed the most legislation of any Councilmember, helping Cincinnati grow for the first time in over 65 years.
Endorsements Cincinnati Fire Fighters Union Local 48 Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund Cincinnati AFL-CIO Cincinnati Democratic Committee Miami Group Sierra Club Greater Cincinnati Building & Construction Trades Council Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 392 The Procter & Gamble Company Good Government Committee National Association of Social Workers Frost Brown Todd PAC Laborers’ Local 265 PAC Truck Drivers Chauffeurs & Helpers Cincinnati Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 Amalgamated Transit Union Equality Cincinnati
Political Philosophy All people, regardless of background, are valued members of our community. Embrace our urban identity by focusing on walkable streets, diverse housing, public transportation, thriving arts, job opportunities, small business growth & excellent public schools. Reduce reliance on massive tax giveaways that only help those at the top by focusing more on small business development, incentives for working class families, home-ownership & a safety net for anyone struggling just to get by.
We must commit to the Collaborative Agreement and prioritizing police community relations as a key pillar of our policing strategies. Recent moves to outfit every officer with a body camera have helped to protect both our officers and community members. Ensuring our officers are both seen and active in the community, beyond just responding to crimes, allows for barriers to be broken and greater understanding between all partners.
Affordable housing continues to be a very important part of the equation for growing Cincinnati. We have many neighborhoods that rank as some of the most affordable in the nation, while we have others where prices are rising quickly with little affordable alternatives nearby. Fully funding the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, providing a Honeowner Maintenance fund for lower income homeowners, and supporting inclusionary zoning can keep our city affordable for all.
One of the thing Cincinnati does the worst is engaging our citizens. We need an Office of Citizen Engagement to work closely with Community Councils and our Administration to ensure greater awareness and engagement on all issues. And we need to actually listen to the feedback we receive. Too often, this Administration has placed citizen engagement at the end of the process. The people must be involved at the beginning of every decision making process.
Campaign Phone (513) 365-2404
Twitter @pgsittenfeld OR twitter.com/PGSittenfeld
Education * Master's, Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship * B.A., Princeton University * Seven Hills School
Occupation Entrepreneur & Elected Official
Experience City of Cincinnati Councilman 2011-Present (and Chair of the Education & Entrepreneurship Committee); Co-Founder The Community Learning Center Institute 2009-present; DataRole Senior Director 2016-present
Endorsements Cincinnati Democratic Party; Cincinnati AFL-CIO; Cincinnati Firefighters (Local 48); Fraternal Order of Police; Cincinnati Federation of Teachers; Equality Cincinnati; Sierra Club; Cincinnati Building Trades; AFSCME (Local 8); Plumbers & Pipefitters (Local 392); IBEW (Local 212); ATU (Local 627); Carpenters (Local 2); Laborers (Local 265); UAW (Local 863); Sheet Metal Workers (Local 24); Iron Workers (Local 44); SEIU (Local 1); Heat & Frost Insulators (Local 8)
Political Philosophy I still very much feel called to public service, and believe that I am making a genuine positive impact in people’s lives, in ways both large and small. I want to continue to help drive progress for my hometown, and especially believe that I play a valuable role as a thoughtful and collaborative voice amongst my colleagues who can bring people together to get things done. I believe in creating opportunity for ALL people, and that effective government plays an important role in that.
I’ve been a longtime supporter of the Collaborative Agreement, which helped move Cincinnati forward in our police community relations to a point where former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that Cincinnati has become the national model for reform. To that end, I strongly support a “refresh” and re-commitment to the Collaborative Agreement. I’ve also always voted for and supported our CIRV outreach teams and initiatives like Project Ceasefire.
I’ve been in deliberations for 6+ months with my colleagues to develop the best tool to increase affordable housing in Cincinnati. The answer we’ve arrived at is to create an Affordable Housing Trust. While the creation of this Trust will be a big step forward, my colleagues and I have also already taken action, including legislating that ⅓ of a significant new development track in the urban core be affordable housing, and also allocating $2 million to increase affordable housing capacity.
I engage with literally thousands and thousands of constituents every year, so most of all, I encourage you to reach out to me directly (and to your other elected leaders). My phone number is 352-5270, and email is: pg.sittenfeld@cincinnati-oh.gov. Additionally, we should increase Neighborhood Support Funding (NSP), and - as I have done with the City Hall committee that I chair - we should have more meetings out in the community and during the evening so more people can attend in-person.
Campaign Phone (513) 242-8683
Twitter @votesmitherman
Education BA Criminal Justice MA Counseling
Occupation Financial Planner
Experience Served 8 years on City Council
Endorsements Carpenters Local 2 Firefighters Local 48 Fraternal Order of Police No. 69 Hamilton County Green Party POWPAC
Political Philosophy Being Independent but thoughtful when shaping public policy.
Cincinnati is a leader in this area. Other police departments travel to Cincinnati to train and seek out advice on how to develop better community police relations in their communities.
Continue to encourage developers to include affordable housing in development projects.
Many neighborhoods do an excellent job engaging city hall on their neighborhood priorities. Community leaders have successfully engaged my office in a proactive way to express the neighborhoods interest in public policy.
Campaign Phone (513) 763-0554
Twitter @Sullivan4Cincy
Education B.S. and B.F.A. University of Cincinnati
Occupation Small Business Owner, Communications Consultant, Non-Profit Administrator
Experience Navigating government effectively; Advocating for business and job-creating priorities; Managing non-profits for impactful outcomes; Leading
Endorsements Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Fraternal Order of Police Queen City Lodge #69, Hamilton County Green Party, Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus
Political Philosophy Politically independent, which allows me to be a voice for all neighborhoods and all people in Cincinnati, rather than fall in line with a party. I'm moderate -- sometimes I agree with Republicans and sometimes I agree with Democrats. I have always worked with both sides of the aisle to get things done. We especially need to work together on solving the complicated issues. I am fiscally responsible and socially progressive.
The FOP endorsed me because they know I will work in the best interest of the city and its citizens, as well as law enforcement to build trust through stronger community-police relations and keep our streets safe. As a city, we are on the cutting-edge of police-community relations, making progress that put us in the national spotlight. I support the refresh of our Collaborative Agreement as a living document and the spirit of change to identify and eliminate bias.
It is important to continuously study the housing needs of the city, including affordable housing.  One of the wonderful tools that we have access to is the Land Bank, operated through the Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority.  Through partnership, we can identify areas of need where we can rehabilitate blighted neighborhoods to create affordable housing in desirable and safe communities.  I am also open to finding innovative ways, such as a Housing Trust Fund, to increase affordable housing.
I’m running to give voice to all of Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods. There are many opportunities for citizens to be engaged. If they are not, we should work to identify the barriers to their engagement and work to correct those obstacles. Some neighborhoods feel left behind, and it is incumbent upon us to help bring those communities into the conversation.
Write-In Candidate? YES
Campaign Phone (513) 720-9854
Education I have a associate degree and P.C and Network support from Antonelli College
Occupation Delivery Service Rep for DXC Technology contracted out to the department of defense
Experience DUE TO THE SENSITIVE NATURE OF MY WORK AM LIMITED ON WHAT I CAN SAY. Onekey Admin for P&G. IRS guard with SF85 Security Clearance. DXC Tech with A SF86 Security Clearance. CYC Cincinnati Youth Collaborative mentor.
Endorsements Currently no endorsements.
Political Philosophy Liberty! I believe in freedom with social responsibly!
I strongly believe that police officers have to understand the culture and history of the people they serve.Police officers should spend time with the people in the community the serve and not just patrol.
By remolding and Fixing up currently old building in our city and offering tax credits to companies that assist with the project(s).
By emailing there council man/woman asking them about projects that personally effect there communities. Asking there communities council to e-mail the council member, and others words being very proactive.
Campaign Phone (513) 824-5775
Twitter https://twitter.com/wendellyoung
Education Cincinnati Police Academy Graduate Attended University of Cincinnati National Forum For Black Public Administrators Executive Leadership Institute Graduated
Occupation Retired
Experience Past President of The Sentinel Police Association Past President of The Cincinnati Branch NAACP Twice Past President of the Cincinnati Chapter: National Forum for Black Public Administrators Air Force Veteran
Endorsements Sierra Club Equality Cincinnati PAC National Association of Social Workers
Political Philosophy Let Cincinnati be what unites us!
Revising the 15-year old Collaborative Agreement, that serves as model for police-community relations would improve law enforcement and strengthen communtiy-police relations. In revisiting of the Collaborative Agreement, we should focus on community engagement by utilizing community based organizations and have them partner with CPD to manage public safety and community program oriented policing. Also, have an evaluation process for CPD, that way we know what needs to involve and what works.
My definition of affordable housing includes housing for a mix of income levels from young professionals to empty nesters, as well as low income people. I think Cincinnati should work with realtors, community councils, and interested citizens, to decentralize affordable housing and foster opportunities for new and old residents to find ways to live and work together for neighborhood preservation and improvement. No neighborhood should become the repository for all affordable housing.
Citizens can be become more effectively involved in decision making by making public servants and political leaders accountable to the people. Citizens should try to join and attend their neighborhood's community council because those council provide local government with insight in funding allocations, cultural issues and help develop community partnerships. Also I encourage citizens to mobilize for candidates, encourage others to vote and even run for election!

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