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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

Jeff Pastor (non-incumbent)

Jeff Pastor

Background: Executive Director of CLS Epilepsy Research Foundation Inc. Former teacher. Degrees from Central State University, Payne Theological Seminary and Wright State University. A veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserve and the Ohio National Guard. He is endorsed by the Hamilton County Republican Party.

On the issues: Pastor said he would like to see the creation of "economic empowerment zones" in neighborhoods with high unemployment, with incentives for companies willing to locate there and hire local people. "My focus in this campaign is on three things – jobs, education and housing," Pastor said. He said he wants the city to work with Cincinnati Public Schools on more job training "because every kid is not going to go to college. We can get those kids educated for jobs where they can make a good living."

You can find more on his campaign website here.