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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. >>
Politics
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

Lesley Jones (non-incumbent)

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Lesley Jones

Background: A pastor and consultant. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science Education from Miami University and a Certificate of Ministry from Lexington Theological Seminary. She is endorsed by the Cincinnati Democratic Committee.

On the issues: "I have spent my life working for the equality of all people,'' she said. "I learned early in life that it pays to uplift others, especially the most vulnerable in our community." She believes that "homeowners in our poorest neighborhoods are unfairly targeted for code enforcement. And the business districts in those neighborhood – if they have business districts at all – lack economic development. She said that, if elected, she would have regular hours throughout the city where residents can come to her with their concerns.

You can read more on her campaign website here.