Sittenfeld, Seelbach Drop from Race for Cincinnati Mayor

Two prominent hopefuls for Cincinnati’s next mayor announced this week that they would not be seeking the office after all.

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click to enlarge Former Cincinnati mayoral candidates P.G. Sittenfeld and Chris Seelbach - Photos: Jesse Fox
Photos: Jesse Fox
Former Cincinnati mayoral candidates P.G. Sittenfeld and Chris Seelbach

Two prominent hopefuls for Cincinnati’s next mayor announced this week that they would not be seeking the office after all.

In a Feb. 18 Facebook post, P.G. Sittenfeld shares that he will drop out of the mayoral race immediately.

“It is with a very heavy heart that, due to the current situation, I've made the decision not to run for mayor after all,” Sittenfeld writes. “I am completely innocent and am working daily to achieve justice and ensure that the facts are known - but a mayoral effort right now would distract voters from the important issues confronting our city and create even more stress for my family. I love both our city and my family too much to put you and them through that.”


    The “current situation” Sittenfeld refers to in his post are federal corruption-related charges. FBI agents arrested Sittenfeld at his home in November on a six-count federal indictment for bribery and extortion. In January , Sittenfeld and his attorneys filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, claiming unfair pre-trial prejudice. Judge Douglas Cole heard the former Cincinnati City Council member’s arguments to dismiss on Feb. 16 but did not say when he would arrive at a decision.

On Feb. 17, council member Chris Seelbach also announced that he would not pursue the mayor’s office. Seelbach had said in December that he would be exploring a run.

The Cincinnati mayoral election is scheduled for Nov. 2, preceded by a primary on May 4. The filing deadline is today, Feb. 18.

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