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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. >>
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

Cristina Burcica (non-incumbent)

Cristina Burcica

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.

On the issues: "I represent an independent platform," Burcica said. "I owe nothing to any political party." She said she is interested in transportation issues – particularly rail. And she even suggested that the city might look into using the long abandoned and never-used subway tunnels. "There were 200 trains a day in Union Terminal in the 1930s; now there is only one," Burcica said. "That's not acceptable." She said her opinions on the issues "really don't count. It's what the people think that counts. That is why I spend all of my time going out in the community, all over the city, talking to people and listening to them. And I would do that as a member of council."

You can find more on her campaign website here.