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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

David Mann (incumbent)

David Mann

Background: An attorney, he was on city council from 1974 to 1992, serving his final year as mayor. In 1992, he was elected to the U.S. House, but lost the seat two years later to Republican Steve Chabot. He returned to politics in 2013 and was elected to city council, where he serves as vice mayor. Mann is a U.S. Navy veteran who went to Harvard Law School. Mann has the endorsements of the Cincinnati Democratic Committee and the Charter Committee.

On the issues: "There are a lot of great things happening in this city, but there is still much to do,'' Mann said. "We are, in a lot of ways, a world-class city, but we can't get all the way there until we address some of the disparities in our city.'' Mann is the city's representative on the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition; and believes that, in some ways, heroin is the city's most serious problem. He favors a four-front approach: controlling the supply, prevention and public education, harm reduction, and treatment.

You can find more on his campaign website here.

Howard Wilkinson is in his 50th year of covering politics on the local, state and national levels.