Meet The 23 Cincinnati City Council Candidates

With three seats open, the race for Cincinnati City Council was bound to draw a crowd. There are 23 candidates on the ballot, all aiming to be among the top nine finishers elected to four-year terms.

There are no party designations on the ballot, but all three of Cincinnati's political parties - the Democratic Party, the Republican Party and the Charter Committee - endorse slates of candidates.

Click on a name below or at right to learn more about a candidate.

Derek Bauman  |  Erica Black-Johnson  |  Cristina Burcica  |  Ozie Davis  |  Tamaya Dennard  |  Michelle Dillingham  |  Tonya Dumas  |  Manuel Foggie  |  Henry Frondorf  |  Brian Garry  |  Lesley Jones  |  Greg Landsman  |  Seth Maney  |  David Mann  |  Amy Murray  |  Jeff Pastor  |  Kelli Prather  |  Laure Quinlivan  |  Chris Seelbach  |  P.G. Sittenfeld  |  Christopher Smitherman  |  Tamie Sullivan  |  Wendell Young  |

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Background: Retired as a Mason police officer after a career-ending injury. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Master of Science in Education, MBA graduate of Ohio's Police Executive Leadership College and Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command. Endorsed by the Charter Committee.

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Background: Small business owner, entrepreneur. A bachelor's degree in public administration with a minor in professional writing from Capital University. A graduate of Mt. Healthy High School.

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Background: She came to the U.S. from her native Romania in 1999 to study at the University of Cincinnati, where she earned a master's degree in electrical engineering.

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Background: A lifelong resident of Avondale, Davis earned a graduate degree and a law degree from Indiana University. He is the founding executive director of the Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation. He spent two years as a community liaison with former congressman Steve Driehaus, working with the African-American, faith-based, Latino and African communities. Davis is endorsed by the Cincinnati Democratic Committee.

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Background: Works for Design Impact, a non-profit organization. Former aide to Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld. A graduate of Aiken High School, studied abroad in France and Spain. Holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and international business from the Carl H. Lindner School of Business at the University of Cincinnati. She is endorsed by the Cincinnati Democratic Committee and by the Charter Committee.

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Background: Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Reed College; master's in Social Work (Administration), University of Cincinnati. Licensed to practice social work in Ohio since 2009. She is a former aide to the late David Crowley, when he was a councilman and vice mayor. She is endorsed by the Cincinnati Democratic Committee.

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Background: Former employee of Cincinnati Public Schools. Owns and operates a home décor business. A bachelor's in Liberal Arts from Xavier University, concentrating on organizational leadership and a minor in gender and diversity studies.

Background: Private investigator, volunteer firefighter, district manager for Cricket Wireless. A student at Mount St. Joseph University and a graduate of Northwest High School.

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Background: A Westwood resident, Frondorf has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toledo. He manages the preconstruction department at Lithko Restoration Technologies, where he specializes in estimating the cost of preserving historic structures. He has been endorsed by the Charter Committee.

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Background: Green/sustainable builder. Bachelor of Music from Northern Kentucky University, Liberal Arts Degree from the University of Cincinnati. He has been endorsed by the Green Party. 

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Background: A pastor and consultant. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science Education from Miami University and a Certificate of Ministry from Lexington Theological Seminary. She is endorsed by the Cincinnati Democratic Committee.

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Background: CEO of 767 Group, a child and education advocacy firm; strategic adviser for Cincinnati Preschool Promise, former executive director of the Strive Partnership. A Bachelor of Arts in economics from Ohio University, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. He is endorsed by the Cincinnati Democratic Committee.

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Background: A native of Oakwood, Ohio and a graduate of the University of Dayton, Maney pursued a career in real estate and moved to Over-the-Rhine. After serving two terms as vice president of the Over-the-Rhine Community Council, he moved to Clifton, where he was active in the Clifton Town Meeting. For four years, he was vice president of a large Over-the-Rhine real estate developer where he oversaw the development of dozens of vacant buildings into apartments, condos and commercial spaces. Maney is endorsed by the Hamilton County Republican Party.

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Background: An attorney, he was on city council from 1974 to 1992, serving his final year as mayor. In 1992, he was elected to the U.S. House, but lost the seat two years later to Republican Steve Chabot. He returned to politics in 2013 and was elected to city council, where he serves as vice mayor. Mann is a U.S. Navy veteran who went to Harvard Law School. Mann has the endorsements of the Cincinnati Democratic Committee and the Charter Committee.

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Background: Cincinnati council member, and former Procter & Gamble Global Business Development Manager. Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Arizona State University.

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Background: Executive Director of CLS Epilepsy Research Foundation Inc. Former teacher. Degrees from Central State University, Payne Theological Seminary and Wright State University. A veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserve and the Ohio National Guard. He is endorsed by the Hamilton County Republican Party.

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Background: An occupational therapist and radio talk show host. Working on a PhD at Union Institute and University, has a master's degree in occupational therapy and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Findlay. Twenty-two years of experience in customer service and patient care. She runs what she described as a "small home health care agency."

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Background: Former city council member, former TV journalist. Filmmaker and small business owner. Bachelor of Science in communications from Miami University.

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Background: A Cincinnati council member since 2011. A graduate of St. Xavier High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Xavier University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Dayton School of Law. He was a Bohnett Fellow for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University. He is endorsed by the Cincinnati Democratic Committee.

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Background: Cincinnati city council member. A master's degree from Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University. He is endorsed by the Cincinnati Democratic Committee.

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Background: A professional financial planner. Former president of the Cincinnati NAACP. Holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from Ohio State University and a Master of Arts in counseling from Bowling Green State University. Elected as an independent. Endorsed by the Green Party.

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Background: Prior to founding her own company, Sullivan Communications, she was the first executive director of the Coalition for a Drug-Free Cincinnati, now known as Prevention FIRST!. She also is a former public information officer for the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. Last year, she founded Girls with Pearls, an organization "to foster leadership and empower girls in impoverished neighborhoods to plan for a brighter future through education, personal responsibility and exposure to opportunity."

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Background: Cincinnati city council member, retired Cincinnati police officer. Graduate of the Cincinnati Police Academy. Attended the University of Cincinnati. He is endorsed by the Cincinnati Democratic Committee.