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Hamilton County, OH November 6, 2007 Election
Council Member; City of Cincinnati Voter Information

2 Year Term. Salary: $60,645.55

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 mayor 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 2009). Council members are limited to four successive two-year terms.

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Candidates (Vote for 9)
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Roxanne Qualls Click here for more information about this candidate 33,776 votes 7.83%

  • Occupation: Council Member
  • Mayor, City of Cincinnati, 1993-199
  • Council Member, Cincinnati, 1991-1999
  • Director, Cincinnati Citizen Action, 1983-1991
  • Executive Director, Women Helping Women, 1977-1979
  • Loeb Fellow, GSD, Harvard University, 2001
  • Master's in Public Administration, Harvard University, 2002
  • Focus on the fundamentals of making every neighborhood safe, clean, green and beautiful, and by maintaining the quality of our public assets.
  • Build on our strengths-invest in transit, strengthen pedestrian oriented neighborhoods, leverage future I-75 investment.
  • Transform the built, natural, and social environment of our city so as to successfully compete globally and respond to global climate change.
John Cranley Click here for more information about this candidate 33,766 votes 7.83%
  • Occupation: Real Estate Developer
  • Juris Doctorate, Harvard Law School
  • Masters of Theological Studies, Harvard University
  • Bachelors of Art in Political Science and Philosophy, John Carroll University
  • 1. Improving Public Safety + Need to hire 100 cops, continue neighborhood walking patrols, and promote community-oriented policing.
  • 2. Promoting Economic Development - Need to use tax abatements and TIF funding to encourage businesses to create jobs in Cincinnati.
  • 3. Building Strong Neighborhoods - Need to continue to invest in neighborhoods.
David C. Crowley Click here for more information about this candidate 31,115 votes 7.21%
  • Occupation: Small Business owner/City Council Member
  • M.A. in social work from Ohio State University
  • M.A. in international affairs from George Washington
  • Currently Serve as Vice Mayor
  • A. A Clean, Green and Safe City.
  • B. Encourage economic development opportunities--large and small-- for all segments of the community.
  • C. Continue the population gain. Cincinnati has gained population in each of the last two years after many consecutive years of losing population.
Cecil Thomas Click here for more information about this candidate 27,116 votes 6.29%
  • Occupation: Incumbent Member of City Council
  • Graduate Cincinnati Police Cadet Academy
  • Law Enforcement Technology Degree University of Cincinnati
  • Retired after 27 years with the Cincinnati Police
  • Five years as Executive Director of Cincinnati Human Relations Commission
  • Current Chairman of City Council's Law and Public Safety Committee
  • Numerous awards and honors
  • Every neighborhood must be Safe, Clean and Vibrant, therefore my top political priorities are Crime- Citizens must feel safe in their communities.
  • Housing/Environment-Citizens must have home ownership in a clean, healthy environment.
  • Economic Development/Small Business/Jobs-The Central and Neighborhood business districts must be vibrant through arts,entertainment, recreation etc.
Chris Bortz Click here for more information about this candidate 26,502 votes 6.14%
  • Occupation: Attorney
  • Cincinnati City Council Member
  • General Counsel - Towne Properties
  • Tufts University; Bachelor's Degree (Philosophy & Drama)
  • University of Arizona; Juris Doctor
  • Charter Committee Board Member
  • Chairmen of Economic Development Committee for Cincinnati City Council
  • GO Cincinnati--economic development strategy
  • Making Cincinnati an environmentally friendly city
  • Streetcar
Leslie Ghiz Click here for more information about this candidate 24,921 votes 5.78%
  • Occupation: Attorney
  • Neighborhood: North Avondale
  • Education: Juris Doctorate
  • Attorney, Ghiz Law, LLC
  • Former Chief Labor Negotiator for the City
  • 2005 Business Courier Forty Under Forty Class
  • A Safer Cincinnati-making Cincinnati a safer place to live and work by reducing the violent crime rate
  • Revitalizing Cincinnati-improving the quality of life for all residents of our 52 neighborhoods
  • Standing up for Cincinnati-the fiscal watchdog on Council for our taxpayers; reducing taxes and wasteful spending
Laketa Cole Click here for more information about this candidate 24,895 votes 5.77%
  • Occupation: Councilmember
  • President Pro Tem of Cincinnati City Council
  • Graduate Aiken High School
  • Graduate Wittenberg University, B.A. Political Science
  • Council Aide former Mayor Dwight Tillery
  • Council Aide former Councilmember Paul Booth
  • Neighborhood/economic development
  • Youth
  • Increased access to City Hall
Jeff Berding Click here for more information about this candidate 23,586 votes 5.47%
  • Occupation: Cinci Bengals Director of Sales & Public Affairs
  • Cincinnati City Councilmember
  • MBA, Xavier University
  • BA, Political Science, Miami University
  • Reduce crime; Cincinnatians must feel safe.
  • Economic development and economic empowerment; the financial health of the City and its people are interrelated.
  • Improve neighborhood quality of life; build clean and safe neighborhoods of choice.
Chris R. Monzel Click here for more information about this candidate 23,337 votes 5.41%
  • Occupation: Engineer, City Councilman
  • Neighborhood: Spring Grove Village
  • Education: Purdue University, B.S. Aero-Engineering
  • University of Cincinnati, M.S. Aero-Engineering
  • Harvard University, Masters Public Policy
  • Reducing crime and improving the quality of life in all neighborhoods.
  • Business/economic development: attract new businesses, retain existing ones, especially small neighborhood businesses.
  • Responsive city government - we must work smarter by eliminating waste and inefficiency.
Charlie Winburn Click here for more information about this candidate 22,074 votes 5.12%
  • Occupation: Consultant/Pastor
  • Master's Degree from University of Cincinnati
  • Served on Cincinnati City Council for 7 years
  • Former Ohio Civil Rights Commission Member
  • Community/neighborhood of residence: Mount Airy
  • Safer Neighborhoods
  • Schools
  • Economic Opportunity, Jobs and Neighborhood Development
Minette Cooper Click here for more information about this candidate 18,927 votes 4.39%
  • Occupation: Community Activist
  • Councilmember from 1995-2003, Vice Mayor from 1997-2001
  • Degree from Howard University
  • Chair of the Finance Committee, The Health, Children and Social Service Committee, and the Economic Development Committee
  • Former School Teacher
  • Youth Involvement + Broken children grow into broken adults, while healthy children build healthy communities.
  • Safety + The primary responsibility of government.
  • Economic Development + The key to rebuilding our city.
Sam Malone Click here for more information about this candidate 17,481 votes 4.05%
  • Occupation: Real Estate Manager
  • Neighborhood of residence: Walnut Hills
  • Education: Graduate, Vincennes University
  • Age: 36
  • 1. Safer Neighborhoods - Decrease violence by community criminal groups throughout the city
  • 2. Economic Development - Strengthen community business districts
  • 3. Workforce Development - Create and promote a viable Workforce Housing Initiative
Melanie Bates Click here for more information about this candidate 15,369 votes 3.56%
  • Occupation: Cincinnati School Board; Hospital liaison with the nonprofit
  • Community/neighborhood of residence: North Avondale
  • I am Determined to Make Cincinnati Safer
  • Promote Economic Growth, Neighborhood Development and Job Creation
  • Educational Reform
Pat Fischer Click here for more information about this candidate 15,088 votes 3.50%
  • Occupation: Lawyer/Partner at Keating Muething & Klekamp
  • Past President, Pleasant Ridge Community Council
  • Past President, Cincinnati Bar Assoc.
  • Past President, Cincinnati Children's Museum
  • Trustee, Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Bd
  • Trustee, VISIONS Community Services Bd
  • Active Member and Eu. Minister, St. Xavier Church, downtown Cincinnati
  • Implement Pinpoint Policing programm which successfully has prevented crime without profiling, similar to what we did in Pleasant Ridge
  • Start a minority controlled bank to create more jobs and business activity in urban areas, which will also cut crime and grow the city's tax base
  • Force CPS to build and staff quality schools, as we did in Pleasant Ridge
Greg P. Harris Click here for more information about this candidate 14,178 votes 3.29%
  • Occupation: Public Policy Officer, KnowledgeWorks Foundation
  • PhD, MA, Miami University
  • Board Member, Governor's Workforce Policy Board
  • Board Member, Jewish Community Relations Council
  • Community: Northside
  • Reinventing Government
  • Neighborhood Development
  • Workforce Development (Education and Training)
John Eby Click here for more information about this candidate 14,025 votes 3.25%
  • Occupation: Electrical Engineer
  • Neighborhood: Westwood
  • Education: Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Vice-chair Citizens Complaint Authority; Community Action Agency
  • Westwood Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation
  • Westwood Civic Association
  • Veteran Ohio Army National Guard 1/147th
  • Clean and safe streets
  • Neighborhood Business and Housing Development
  • Education
Wendell Young Click here for more information about this candidate 13,957 votes 3.24%
  • Occupation: High School Teacher
  • Retired Cincinnati Police Sergeant:1992
  • Cincinnati Assistant Director of HR/EEO Officer: 1992- 1999
  • Assistant to the Police Academy Commander: 1999-2000
  • Diversity Manager & Training Institute Director/MSD of Greater Cincinnati: 2000-2005
  • Recommended to President Clinton by U.S.Senator Howard Metzenbaum for appointment to U.S. Marshall for the Southern District of Ohio: 1994
  • min. Past president:The Sentinel Police Association, Cincinnati Branch NAACP, two-time president Cincinnati Chapter National Forum for Black Public Ad
  • Maintain and improve the basic services that Cincinnatians and perhaps take for granted.
  • Maintain and repair of infrastructure - Address environmental issues, especialy air and water.
  • Downtown & neighborhood development - Mass transit & highway issues.
Brian Garry Click here for more information about this candidate 13,157 votes 3.05%
  • Occupation: Proprietor, Green City EcoStruction
  • BA in Arts, Theology, and Music Composition from Northern Kentucky University
  • Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts from University of Cincinnati
  • Lifelong Cincinnati resident who has been active in local politics for the past 25 years
  • Long-term community advocate for neighborhoods across Cincinnati, including the West End, Bond Hill, and Over The Rhine
  • Former music teacher at Sands Montessori and North Avondale Montessori
  • Proud product of Cincinnati Public Schools, and proud father of two sons currently enrolled in CPS
  • ONE Cincinnati - Creating Opportunity: For our youth to receive a good education and marketable training, and for our citizens to earn a livable wage
  • Developing Safe, walkable Neighborhoods for all Cincinnati residents
  • Working for Equality among our city's diverse voices, and a good life for all of Cincinnati's hardworking, middle-class families
Joan Kaup Click here for more information about this candidate 8,483 votes 1.97%
  • Occupation: VP of business development for Iacono Productions, downtown
  • Community/neighborhood of residence: I live on Prospect Hill on the border of OTR and Mt Auburn
  • BS in Marketing from UC
  • MBA in Entrepreneurship from Xavier
  • Incorporate Cincinnati's diversity and creativity in continued renaissance of its city and neighborhoods.
  • Position and promote Cincinnati as desirable city to live, work and play thus increasing the city's population and revenues.
  • Empower people to make informed decisions, and participate in improving our urban environment and neighborhoods.
Andre Harper Click here for more information about this candidate 7,496 votes 1.74%
  • Occupation: District Representative, Office of Senator Voinovich
  • Community/neighborhood of residence: North Avondale
  • Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (Tallahassee, Fl); B.S. Public Management (May 2003)
  • My top priorities are eliminating crime, promoting economic development and improving the quality of life for all Cincinnatians.
  • I will focus on this agenda because I believe that they all work together in order to improve the state of the city and everyone that dwells within.
Justin Jeffre Click here for more information about this candidate 7,370 votes 1.71%
  • Occupation: Publisher Cincinnati Beacon
  • Multi Platinum Recording Artist
  • Political and Media Activist
  • Neighborhood: Clifton Heights
  • Graduate of the School for Creative and Performing Arts 1991
  • University of Cincinnati 1992-1995 studied English, History and Political Science
  • Economic Development-Spending ED dollars more strategically.
  • Public Safety-The cause of crime is failure to deal with the problem of inequality.
  • Open Government-We need to have transparency in public policy decisions with citizen input and oversight.
Mitch Painter Click here for more information about this candidate 5,130 votes 1.19%
  • Occupation: Real Estate Developer
  • BA Psychology
  • Clifton Gaslight Resident
  • Economic Development
  • Violent Crime
  • Public Transportation- Street Cars
Steve Pavelish Click here for more information about this candidate 4,207 votes 0.98%
  • Occupation: candidate - Cincinnati City Council
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania 1971 B.S. Business Mgt. / Economics
  • in the process of retiring from the property rental business
  • Clifton Heights / OTR
  • neighborhood safety
  • increase in small to mid size investments
  • improved public education
Michael Earl Patton Click here for more information about this candidate 3,145 votes 0.73%
  • Occupation: Engineer
  • M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering (U.C.)
  • B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering (Purdue)
  • B.A. in German (Purdue)
  • B.S. in Physics (Purdue)
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees, Community Land Co-operative of Cincinnati
  • Community/neighborhood of residence: Oakley
  • To attract industry and jobs, and reduce the population decline.
  • To stop the multi-million dollar handouts to a favored few and give everyone a fair deal.
  • To restore confidence in city government that it will address the problems and not deny they exist or paper them over.
George J. Zamary Click here for more information about this candidate 2,204 votes 0.51%
  • Occupation: Attorney
  • Capital University Law School (J.D.)
  • Ohio University (B.S., summa cum laude)
  • Buckley King LLP (April 2006 - present)
  • Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis (2001-2006)
  • Rising Star - Super Lawyer, Ohio Law & Politics Magazine, 2005
  • Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Board of Directors, President 2006, 2007
  • Adding population (both residential and businesses)
  • Overhaul government spending
  • Safety

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  Candidates Answer Questions

The League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area has asked all candidates for this office to respond to 3 questions on Qualifications, Addressing priorities, and Regionalism.

Nonpartisan Information

cet: Cincinnati Public Media video of 4-minute speech
News and Analysis

Opening Debate: Cincinnati City Council candidates discuss how to develop neighborhoods

Election Coverage of the Enquirer, Community Press and Recorder and Cincinnati.Com

"Campaigns and Elections" information and analysis

Hamilton County Board of Elections / Results
Partisan Information

Cincinnati Charter Committee
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