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SPOTLIGHT: Your 2021 voter guide to Cincinnati's races for mayor, City Council, school board and more ahead of Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 2. >>
Politics
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 |Related:A Large Field Of Candidates Running For Four Seats On Cincinnati School Board

Chris Seelbach (incumbent)

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Chris Seelbach

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.

On the issues: Seelbach recently proposed legislation that would require the city to no longer give job creation tax credits to developers unless they pay workers a minimum of $12.50 an hour by January 1, 2018 and $15 an hour by January 1, 2019. "The city should not be giving you tax credits for creating jobs that don't pay people enough to live on," Seelbach said. Seelbach said he believes that the Port Authority should be for Cincinnati neighborhoods what 3CDC has been for Downtown and Over-the-Rhine – the catalyst for new development revitalization. "If we can find millions to subsidize parking garages, we can certainly find the money to invest in our neighborhoods,'' he said.

You can find more on his campaign website here.