Cincinnati Rejects All but One Republican on New City Council

Liz Keating is now the lone Republican on Cincinnati City Council.

Cincinnati's City Hall will see some fresh faces. - PHOTO: NICK SWARTSELL
Photo: Nick Swartsell
Cincinnati's City Hall will see some fresh faces.

City Hall soon will see a mix of old and new faces.

Three Cincinnati City Council members will be returning to their positions after the Nov. 2 general election: Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, Greg Landsman and Liz Keating.

The other six seats will be filled by newcomers Reggie Harris, Meeka D. Owens, Victoria Parks, Scotty Johnson, Jeff M. Cramerding and Mark Jeffreys.

All nine council members are Democrats except for Keating, who is a Republican.

Kearney led with 28,161 votes (7.46%), as of the 11:18 p.m. update from the Hamilton County Board of Elections. Landsman had 26,532 (7.03%), Harris 25,305 (6.71%), Owens 23,707 (6.28%), Parks 22,443 (5.95%), Johnson 19,888 (5.27%), Cramerding 19,356 (5.13%), Jeffreys 18,443 (4.89%) and Keating 17,156 (4.55%).

Landsman is the only elected incumbent to make the new council. He assumed office in January 2018.

Kearney and Keating both had been appointed to their positions before running to retain them on Nov. 2. Kearney was appointed to Cincinnati City Council in 2020 after Tamaya Dennard was arrested on corruption charges and later resigned. Keating was appointed in 2020 to replace P.G. Sittenfeld, who was arrested on bribery charges.

Two other incumbent appointed council members did not succeed on Tuesday: Republicans Steve Goodin and Betsy Sundermann.

The 2021 race for Cincinnati City Council was one of the largest in the city’s history, with 35 candidates running for nine seats at two-year terms. Voters could choose up to nine candidates on their ballots.

All 190 precincts have reported. All results are preliminary until certified.

Earlier Tuesday, Aftab Pureval defeated David Mann to become Cincinnati's next mayor.


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