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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

Tonya Dumas (non-incumbent)

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Background: Former employee of Cincinnati Public Schools. Owns and operates a home décor business. A bachelor's in Liberal Arts from Xavier University, concentrating on organizational leadership and a minor in gender and diversity studies.

On the issues: Transportation is an issue Dumas is concerned about. She believes the current bus system is inadequate to meet the demands of its users and needs to expand the number of routes. "If you are poor and don't have a car and all the good jobs are out in the suburbs, it would take you hours and hours to get to one of those jobs by bus," she said. One problem, she said, is that the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), which runs the Metro bus system, currently has no members who routinely use a bus to get to and from work.

You can find more on her campaign website here.