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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

Tamie Sullivan (non-incumbent)

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Tamie Sullivan

Background: Prior to founding her own company, Sullivan Communications, she was the first executive director of the Coalition for a Drug-Free Cincinnati, now known as Prevention FIRST!. She also is a former public information officer for the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. Last year, she founded Girls with Pearls, an organization "to foster leadership and empower girls in impoverished neighborhoods to plan for a brighter future through education, personal responsibility and exposure to opportunity."

On the issues: "The reason I am running is that I began to see city council as the culmination of all the work I have done in the community over the years," Sullivan said. "I'm not using city council as a stepping stone to another office." On the epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse, Sullivan said she believes the drug addiction problem and mental health issues "are closely connected." Both problems must be tackled, she said. "We won't arrest our way out of the problem," Sullivan said. "There will always be a new drug that comes along… we have to address this as a disease, with treatment and prevention."

You can find more on her campaign website here.