Jeff Pastor (non-incumbent)
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."