Chris Seelbach (incumbent)
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.