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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

Ozie Davis (non-incumbent)

Ozie Davis

Background: A lifelong resident of Avondale, Davis earned a graduate degree and a law degree from Indiana University. He is the founding executive director of the Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation. He spent two years as a community liaison with former congressman Steve Driehaus, working with the African-American, faith-based, Latino and African communities. Davis is endorsed by the Cincinnati Democratic Committee.

On the issues: "We have to change the way we behave in politics," he said. "I call it A.R.T. – Authenticity, Respectful and Trustworthy. There is way too much phoniness in politics; and City Hall is no exception." He has been actively involved in the anti-poverty initiative convened by Mayor John Cranley, drawing on his two decades of experiences as a program analyst at United Way. "Our city is going in the right direction," Davis said. "I've been encouraging people to get involved in this anti-poverty effort." Davis said he would make a good addition to council "because I have worked with people in every neighborhood in the city, east and west. It makes no difference – we all want the same thing, the chance to make a good living for our families and public safety."

You can find more on his campaign website here.