Michelle Dillingham (non-incumbent)
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."