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Hamilton County, OH November 4, 2003 Election
Council Member; City of Cincinnati Voter Information

2 Year Term. Salary: $57,893.33

Governing body of the city. Each council member also serves on several of the committees which study, hold hearings and listen to citizens' complaints or point of view on all proposed ordinances, resolutions, and motions before they are acted upon by the full council. The city manager has a seat in the council, but no vote. The City of Cincinnati Charter amendment was placed on the May 4, 1999 ballot and was passed by the voters. The amendment changed the role and powers of the mayor, the manner of selection of the city manager and the way Cincinnati's mayor is elected. There is now a direct election of mayor by majority vote in the November election following a September non-partisan primary to be held every 4 years (next election of Mayor will be November 2005). Council members are limited to four successive two-year terms.

a charter city

Candidates (Vote for 9)
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David Pepper Click here for more information about this candidate 34,405 votes 7.98%

  • Occupation: City Councilman & Attorney
  • B.A., Yale University; J.D., Yale Law School
  • Born and raised in Greater Cincinnati; fifth-generation Cincinnatian
  • Elected to Council in 2001: Chairman of Council Neighborhoods Committee; Chairman of Rules Committee
  • Spent three years advising St. Petersburg, Russia on good government and economic growth
  • Clerked for Federal Judge Nathaniel Jones
  • Volunteer as mentor, pro bono attorney, and serve on various nonprofit boards
  • Safe, Revitalized Neighborhoods for All
  • Economic Growth and Opportunity
  • Youth Opportunity and Education
Alicia Reece Click here for more information about this candidate 32,078 votes 7.44%
  • Occupation: Vice President #Communiplex Promotions; Radio Host
  • Neighborhood: Bond Hill
  • Education: Withrow High School, International Studies (1989), Grambling State University, B.A. Mass Communications
  • Small Business Woman
  • Coordinator/Countywide Democratic "Get Out To Vote" Campaign
  • Congressional Community Outreach Director (Congressman David Mann)
  • Campaign Manager, Steven Reece for Congress
  • Neighborhood Healthcare
  • Neighborhood Development
  • Small Business Recruitment & Retention
Laketa Cole Click here for more information about this candidate 27,644 votes 6.41%
  • Occupation: Full time Councilmember
  • B.A. Degree Political Science from Wittenberg University
  • Post graduate studies toward Masters in Public Administration
  • Neighborhood development and revitalization
  • Economic development and increased support for small business
  • Reduce crime and the perception that downtown is not safe after dark
Jim Tarbell Click here for more information about this candidate 27,480 votes 6.37%
  • Occupation: Restauranteur (27 years), Member of Council 5 years
  • Neighborhood: Over-the-Rhine
  • Education: St. Xavier & Withrow High, University of Cincinnati, Lowell Institute
  • Community service for over 40 years, 5 years on Council
  • Husband (25 years) and father (4 children)
  • Reestablishing downtown/inner city stability and sense of neighborhood
  • Public safety # addressing street crime
  • Neighborhood business district revitalization
John Cranley Click here for more information about this candidate 26,980 votes 6.26%
  • Occupation: Cincinnati City Councilman; Adjunct Professor, UC College of
  • Neighborhood: Price Hill
  • Education: B.A., John Carroll University, 1996, J.D. Harvard Law School, 1999, M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School, 2000.
  • Improve basic services & safety, and crack down on blight
  • Make Main Street a place where all ages and races can gather
  • Get interchange at I-71 & MLK to bring jobs to the neighborhoods
Pat DeWine Click here for more information about this candidate 26,573 votes 6.16%
  • Occupation: Attorney, Keating, Muething, & Klekamp, P.L.L.
  • Neighborhood: Oakley
  • Education: Miami University: Bachelor of Science, Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs, 1990, Bachelor of Arts, History, 1990
  • Education: University of Michigan School of Law,Juris Doctorate, 1994
  • Cincinnati City Council since 1999
  • Chairman of the Law and Public Safety Committee
  • Improve the quality of life for citizens in every City neighborhood;
  • Make neighborhoods safer by reducing crime; and
  • Control wasteful city spending and reduce the tax burden on homeowners.
Christopher Smitherman Click here for more information about this candidate 25,483 votes 5.91%
  • Occupation: Financial Planner, self-employed
  • Neighborhood: North Avondale
  • Education: School for the Creative and Performing Arts, B.A. Criminal Justice from The Ohio State University, M.A. Counseling from Bowling Green State
  • Racial Reconciliation
  • Healthier police-community relations
  • Greater fiscal responsibility for City funds and business negotiations (Kroger, Convergys, Cincinnati Bell)
Sam Malone Click here for more information about this candidate 24,002 votes 5.57%
  • Occupation: Business Consultant
  • Neighborhood: Bond Hill
  • Education: Associate of Arts, Vincennes University. Pursuing completion of Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Xavier University
  • President of Bond Hill Community Council
  • President of Lincoln-Douglass Club
  • Vice-President, Bond Hill Urban Redevelopment Corporation
  • Increase public safety through strengthening safety officers' training, effectiveness, facilities, and equipment
  • Increase economic development through reduced taxes, increased home-ownership, and faith-based initiatives
  • Workforce development through expanded career services, employer/education partnerships, and ex-offender programs
David C. Crowley Click here for more information about this candidate 22,713 votes 5.27%
  • Occupation: Small Business Man
  • Neighborhood: Walnut Hills
  • Education: Masters Degree in Social Work (1961), Masters Degree in International Affairs (1982)
  • Strengthen relationship between the City and Cincinnati Public Schools to revitalize neighborhoods.
  • Improve race, community and police relations to reduce crime and improve safety.
  • Continue to support economic development and promote small business development.
Damon Lynch, III Click here for more information about this candidate 21,764 votes 5.05%
  • Occupation: Senior Pastor, New Prospect Baptist Church
  • Neighborhood: East Price Hill
  • Education: Bachelor of Science from Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary, Cincinnati, OH
  • Faculty Member of Northwestern University, Asset Based Community Development Institute
  • Neighborhood economic development and implementation of community approved and updated neighborhood development plans
  • Education--with more collaboration between city government and Cincinnati Public Schools.
  • Jobs--Workforce development policy that targets the underserved. Protecting city workers jobs.
Leslie Ghiz Click here for more information about this candidate 19,916 votes 4.62%
  • Occupation: Attorney
  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Education: Juris Doctorate
  • Former Chief Labor Negotiator for the City
  • Enhance services currently provided to the Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Immediately streamline the development/business permit process
  • Work with the Police Administration to create a zero tolerance policy for drug and weapons crime
Chris R. Monzel Click here for more information about this candidate 19,197 votes 4.45%
  • Occupation: Engineer, City Councilman
  • Purdue University, B.S. Aero-Engineering
  • University of Cincinnati, M.S. Aero-Engineering
  • Harvard University, Masters Public Policy
  • Safer streets and improving the quality of life in all neighborhoods.
  • Business/economic development: attract new businesses, retain existing ones, especially small neighborhood businesses.
  • City government reform: we must work smarter by eliminating waste and inefficiency.
Barbara W. Trauth Click here for more information about this candidate 17,480 votes 4.05%
  • Occupation: Artist
  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Education: BA Edgecliff College, 1969
  • Native Cincinnatian, lived in the city limits for 33 years
  • Have worked downtown and had a freelance business for many years
  • Safety
  • Economic Development
  • Watching over taxpayer money
John C. Connelly Click here for more information about this candidate 14,047 votes 3.26%
  • Occupation: Attorney
  • JD, University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • BA, Georgetown University
  • St. Xavier High School
  • Former Senate staffer for Senator Mike DeWine
  • Economic development
  • Crime/Safety
  • Strong mayor
Pete G. Witte Click here for more information about this candidate 13,479 votes 3.13%
  • Occupation: Owner, Baron Engraving
  • President, Price Hill Civic Club
  • Member, Cincinnati Planning Commission
  • Husband, Father of 2 beautiful children
  • Chair-elect HCRPC Planning Partnership
  • Increased Police Presence
  • District Representation
  • Develop strong relationship between city and county gov't
Terry Deters Click here for more information about this candidate 11,889 votes 2.76%
  • Occupation: President # Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home, Inc.
  • Neighborhood: Price Hill
  • Education: B.S. Ball State University, Criminal Justice & Corrections
  • Business owner & lifelong resident of Cincinnati
  • Married, father of 3 children.
  • Clean # Enforce litter laws and housing ordinances
  • Safe # Better trained, increased numbers, fully supported police
  • Inviting # Create consumer friendly city bureaucracy
John F. Schlagetter Click here for more information about this candidate 11,420 votes 2.65%
  • Occupation: Architect
  • B. Arch, U. of Cincinnati 1989
  • MBA U. of Miami, 1998
  • Board Member, Charter Committee of Greater Cincinnati, Stonewall Cincinnati, Ohioans for Growth and Equality
  • President, Cincinnati Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association
  • Adjunct Faculty, College of Mount Saint Joseph
  • Re-Employ Cincinnati by creating 30,000 new jobs by 2020
  • Re-Populate Cincinnati by renovating and building 60,000 housing units by 2020
  • Re-Create Cincinnati by developing a Tourism Economy
Tom Jones Click here for more information about this candidate 10,441 votes 2.42%
  • Occupation: Digital photography and Videographer
  • Former President of the Avondale Community Council
  • Former President of the Burnet Ave Business Assc.
  • President of the Community Public Safety Task Force
  • Witness Protection Program
  • Economic Development
  • Downtown Business and Community redevelopment
Samuel T. Britton Click here for more information about this candidate 9,778 votes 2.27%
  • Occupation: Occupation: Real Estate Broker
  • Party: Democratic
  • Neighborhood: Madisonville
  • I am respected for my integrity, intelligence, honesty as an elected official and as a respected family man.
  • Served as State Representative 30th District
Howard H. Bond Click here for more information about this candidate 8,260 votes 1.92%
  • Occupation: Managing Director
  • The Phoenix Executech Group
  • Cincinnati Park Board Commissioner
  • Former elected member, Cincinnati Board of Education
  • Former Chair, Cincinnati Business Incubator
  • Former President, National Association of Executive Recruiters
  • B.S. Social Sciences, Concentration in Economics & Political Science, Eastern Michigan University
  • Creating jobs and economic opportunities for all Cincinnatians
  • Developing meaningful police / community relationships
  • Bringing back clean safe neighborhoods and everyday safe enviroments
Nick Spencer Click here for more information about this candidate 7,378 votes 1.71%
  • Occupation: Consultant
  • Founder of Cincinati Tomorrow
  • Former Campaign Aide to John McCain
  • Former Personal Aide to George Voinovich
  • Reinvigorate our economy by ending corporate welfare, supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs.
  • Attract and retain young people through urban revitalization and the arts.
  • Invest in diversity: repeal Article 12, support neighborhoods and minority-owned businesses.
Marilyn Hyland Click here for more information about this candidate 5,864 votes 1.36%
  • Occupation: Marketing and Economic Development Strategist
  • Clifton School
  • Walnut Hills High School Diploma `65
  • University of Cincinnati, BA Economic Geography '68
  • MA Work, Clark U., Worcester, Mass 68-70, Economic Geography and Psychology of Perception
  • Create a standard of fairness that is the basis of every decision
  • Open Communication; citizen community visioning and implementation
  • Create a catalyst of fun on the river with signature amusement rides
Brian Crum Garry Click here for more information about this candidate 5,504 votes 1.28%
  • Occupation: Teacher, Environmentally Sound Construction
  • Neighborhood: Bond Hill
  • Education: B.A. in Music Composition
  • Single Father
  • Born and Raised in Bond Hill
  • Devout Student of Rev. Maurice McCrackin
  • Street Level Community Activist
  • To be a bridge across the racial and economic divide.
  • To address the underlying causes of crime.
  • To make Cincinnati a fair and just place for all people - young and old, black and white, rich and poor, gay and straight, men and women
Eric Wilson Click here for more information about this candidate 2,686 votes 0.62%
  • Occupation: Mortgage Banker
  • Neighborhood: Mt. Auburn
  • Education: B.A. Political Science, University of Cincinnati.Attend Golden Gate University Law School
  • Work performed with the Ohio House of Representatives
  • Work performed with the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C
  • Better balance between downtown development and neighborhood development
  • Acknowledging and addressing disparity of treatment among some of our citizens
  • Foster more support for our public schools
Glenn O. Givens, Sr. Click here for more information about this candidate 2,327 votes 0.54%
  • Occupation: Labor/Management Consultant
  • Neighborhood: Kennedy Heights
  • Education: Cincinnati Public Schools, M.A. Social Science, Cal. State
  • Thirty years occupational experience in Labor/Management matters
  • Employment opportunities through growth in large and small businesses
  • General Safety to the entire public, by adding additional peace officers.
  • Decent and affordable housing, especially for the low wage earners
Larry J. Frazier Click here for more information about this candidate 2,323 votes 0.54%
  • Occupation: Self-Employed Tailor
  • Neighborhood: Walnut Hills
  • Education: U.C. Liberal Arts
  • Co-chair of CDC Committee of Democratic Party
  • Precinct Executive and Ward Chairman
  • Job as council aide
  • To create new tax revenues that will not burden the citizens
  • Put an end to the boycott
  • Equal access to public property

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LWVCA Candidate Forum Playback Schedule Cincinnati Council Candidates Forum will be Aired on WCET on October 21,22 and 23 at 7:30 pm as well as on replay on Media Bridges

What: Meet the candidates for City Council and the Board of Education! Hear about the issues on the November ballot! Walnut Hills Area Council and East Walnut Hills Assembly will co-host. When: Thursday, October 30, 7 p.m. Hospitality begins at 6 p.m. Where Victory Neighborhood Services Agency, 2615 Melrose Avenue (corner of Wm. H. Taft and Melrose).

Christ Church Forum Features Non-incumbent Candidates Thursday,October 9, 2003, 12:00 Noon, Christ Church Cathedral Undercroft, 318 East Fourth Street.

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