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Dillingham running for Cincinnati City Council

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Michelle Dillingham, a former aide to the late city councilman David Crowley, announced Friday she will be a candidate for Cincinnati City Council in 2013.

Dillingham, who is from Kennedy Heights, will seek the Democratic Party's endorsement in the council race.

She is currently working for a regional labor-management fund "to tackle industry issues of mutual interest" to business and labor, "such as transportation funding, family-supporting wages and workforce development," according to her campaign website, www.michelledillingham.com.

"Cincinnati thrives when there is  progressive leadership and outreach from city hall,'' Dillingham said in a statement announcing her candidacy. "I will bring the political will for a thriving Cincinnati for all to city council."

A second Democrat launched his campaign earlier - Greg Landsman,  who is the executive director of The Strive Partnership, a non-profit organization that works to improve academic achievement in the urban core.

Council candidates have until August to file petitions for next November's council election, which will be the first where candidates are running for four-year terms instead of two-year terms.

While it is a non-partisan election, with no party designations on the ballot, the political parties endorse slates of candidates, usually in the spring of a council election year.

Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.