Cristina Burcica (non-incumbent)
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."