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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

Michelle Dillingham (non-incumbent)

Michelle Dillingham

Background: Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Reed College; master's in Social Work (Administration), University of Cincinnati. Licensed to practice social work in Ohio since 2009. She is a former aide to the late David Crowley, when he was a councilman and vice mayor. She is endorsed by the Cincinnati Democratic Committee.

On the issues: When it comes to the heroin epidemic, Dillingham has a unique perspective. She revealed earlier this year that she was addicted to heroin years ago. "But now I have marked 20 years clean from heroin," Dillingham said. "I have some credibility talking about this issue because I have been a person in long-term recovery." She says that there is a lack of understanding at City Hall that this is a "problem often connected directly to poverty." She favors the building of rec centers, health clinics and other city facilities in low-income neighborhoods, "instead of giving 30-year (tax increment financing) deals to build parking garages downtown."

You can find more on her campaign website here.