33 Candidates Approved for Cincinnati City Council Ballot — We Think

The field of candidates is the largest Cincinnati has seen since 2005.

Sep 8, 2021 at 1:04 pm
Cincinnati City Hall - Photo: Jesse Fox
Photo: Jesse Fox
Cincinnati City Hall

No, everyone you know is not running for Cincinnati City Council — it just seems that way.

The Hamilton County Board of Elections certified the petitions of 33 candidates for City Council on Tuesday. That's the largest field since 31 people ran in 2005, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports, but more ultimately may be on the way.

43 people had initially filed to run for council positions.

The BOE rejected several would-be candidates Tuesday because of technicalities with their petitions, such as missing dates invalidating the number of required petition signatures. At least two have said they will challenge the board's decision during Thursday's special BOE meeting, which could trigger their approvals.

The BOE-certified candidates are as follows:

  • Jalen Alford
  • Jaime M. Castle
  • LaKeisha N. Cook
  • Jeff M. Cramerding
  • Michelle Dillingham
  • Kevin Flynn
  • Jackie Frondorf
  • Bill Frost
  • Brian Garry
  • Steven P. Goodin
  • Galen G. Gordon
  • Kurt L. Grossman
  • Reggie Harris
  • Rob Harris
  • K.A. Heard Jr.
  • Evan Holt
  • Nick Jabin
  • Mark Jeffreys
  • Scotty Johnson
  • Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney
  • Liz Keating
  • Andrew E. Kennedy
  • Greg Landsman
  • John Maher
  • Person W. Mingo
  • Phillip O’Neal
  • Meeka D. Owens
  • Victoria Parks
  • Logan Simmering
  • Stacey Smith
  • Betsy Sundermann
  • Jim Tarbell
  • John J. Williams

Cincinnati residents will vote for council members during the general election on Nov. 2. Voters also will elect a new mayor as current mayor John Cranley's second and final term wraps up; Aftab Pureval and David Mann — the top two vote-getters from the May 4 primary — will face off for that position. Cranley announced in August that he is running for governor of Ohio.

Learn more on the Hamilton County Board of Elections website.

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