At this point, Cincinnati voters will select new council members in November from a field of 43 candidates who met the August 19 deadline for filing, the most ever since the council-manager form of government was adopted in 1925. All candidates’ signatures must be certified by September 7 in order to be added to the ballot, so the number could drop.
Greg Landsman is the sole incumbent council member running for re-election will be on the ballot. Three of the original elected council members either resigned or were suspended on federal corruption charges council during 2020. They were replaced by appointed council members to fill out their terms — Republicans Steve Goodin and Liz Keating, along with Democrat Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney. Earlier, Republican Betsy Sundermann was appointed to council to replace Amy Murray, who resigned that year to take a job in the Trump administration. Council members Wendell Young and Chris Seelbach, both Democrats, and Christopher Smitherman, an Independent, can’t run for re-election because of the city’s term limits law. The same goes for Democrat David Mann who is running for mayor against fellow Democrat and current Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval.
Because of a charter amendment passed by voters, Cincinnati will return to the two-year terms it has from 1925 until 2013, rather than the four-year terms the amendment provided.
As always, it is a non-partisan election.
Fourty-three people filed petitions to run and at least 32 names will be on the ballot. Board of elections staff are still reviewing signatures for the remaining petitioners.
The Cincinnati City Council candidates are:
Jalen Alfrod, democratic, Paddock Hills
Jaime Castle, Democratic, Mt. Washington
LaKeisha Cook. Democratic, Westwood
Jeff Cramerding, Democratic, West Price Hill
Michelle Dillingham, Democratic, Over-the-Rhine
Kevin Flynn, Democratic, Mt. Airy
Jackie Frondorf, Democratic, Westwood
Bill Frost, Democratic, Pleasant Ridge
Brian Garry, Democratic, Pleasant Ridge
Galen G. Gordon, Democratic, The West End
Kurt Grossman, Democratic, Central Business District
Reggie Harris, Democratic, Northside
K.A. Heard, Non-affiliated, Westwood
Evan C. Holt, Democratic, North Avondale
Nicholas Maleek Jabin, Non-affiliated, Mt. Washington
Mark Jeffreys, Democratic, Clifton
Scotty Johnson, Democratic, Mt. Airy
Liz Keating, Republican, Hyde Park
Andrew E. Kennedy, Non-affiliated, Pleasant Ridge
Greg Landsman, Democratic, Mt, Washington
Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, Democratic, North Avondale
John R. Maher, Democratic, Northside
Peterson W. M ingo, Democratic, Evanston
Philip O’Neal, Non-affiliated, Avondale
Meeka Owens, Democratic, North Avondale
Victoria Parks, Democratic, College Hill
Logan-Peter C. Simmering, Non-affiliated, North Avondale
Stacey Smith, Non-affiliated, West Price Hill
Betsy Sundermann, Republican, East Price Hill
James Tarbell, Democratic, Mt. Auburn
John J. Williams, Democratic, Central Business District