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Hamilton County, OH November 3, 2009 Election
Council Member; City of Cincinnati Voter Information

2 Year Term. Salary: $60,645.55

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. The Mayor is in addition to a 9-member council. The mayor is the presiding officer at council meetings but not a council member, has veto power over council passed legislation with an override provision, assigns legislative matters to council committees, and appoints and removes council committee chairs and the vice-mayor without the advice and consent of council. The mayor initiates the hiring and removal of the city manager with the advice and consent of council. The mayor's salary is twice the salary of a member of council. The term limit for mayor is two successive four-year terms. 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 43,513 votes 9.11%

  • Occupation: Councilmember
  • Mayor, City of Cincinnati, 1993-199
  • Councilmember, 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.
Cecil Thomas Click here for more information about this candidate 35,690 votes 7.48%
  • Occupation: Council Member
  • 27-year Police Officer (Retired)
  • Executive Director, Cincinnati Human Relations Commission
  • President, Sentinel Police Association
  • Lifetime Member of Fraternal Order of Police
  • Two-Term Member of City Council
  • Law Enforcement Technology Degree/University of Cincinnati
  • Improving Public Safety and Police-Community Relations
  • Growing Employment Opportunities through Education and Economic Development
  • Clean Clean Environment / Green Growth / Revitalizing Neighborhood Business Districts
Chris Bortz Click here for more information about this candidate 32,911 votes 6.89%
  • Occupation: Councilmember
  • Real Estate Developer/Attorney
  • Chair, Planning Partnership
  • Board member, Breakthrough Collaborative
  • Former Teacher
  • Economic Development
  • Regional Cooperation/Consolidation
  • Public Safety
Jeff Berding Click here for more information about this candidate 30,509 votes 6.39%
  • Occupation: Cinci Bengals Director of Sales & Public Affairs
  • Cincinnati City Councilmember
  • MBA, Xavier University
  • BA, Political Science, Miami University
  • Keep cops and firefighters on the streets, making our City safer
  • Economic development and Quality Jobs for Cincinnati
  • Prevent Foreclosures and Keep Families in Their Homes
Leslie Ghiz Click here for more information about this candidate 30,050 votes 6.29%
  • Occupation: Attorney
  • Neighborhood: North Avondale
  • Education: Juris Doctorate
  • Started her own law firm, 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 crime rate
  • Increasing our quality of life by creating and retaining jobs
  • Serving the important role as watchdog for how our tax dollars are spent
Chris R. Monzel Click here for more information about this candidate 29,786 votes 6.24%
  • 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.
  • Fiscal responsibility - balancing the city budget without laying off police or firefighters
  • Responsive city government - we must work smarter by eliminating waste and inefficiency.
Charlie Winburn Click here for more information about this candidate 29,055 votes 6.09%
  • Occupation: Consultant
  • Former Cincinnati City Council Member
  • University of Cincinnati Graduate
  • Jobs First
  • Safety Now
  • Attracting business and encouraging growth and development to all 52 Cincinnati neighborhoods
Laketa Cole Click here for more information about this candidate 28,976 votes 6.07%
  • Occupation: Councilmember
  • President Pro Tem and Finance Committee Chair of Cincinnati City Council
  • Graduate Northern Kentucky University, Masters Public Administration
  • Graduate Wittenberg University, B.A. Political Science
  • Council Aide former Mayor Dwight Tillery
  • Council Aide former Councilmember Paul Booth
  • Graduate Aiken High School
  • Neighborhoods
  • Jobs
  • Increased Access to City Hall
Laure Quinlivan Click here for more information about this candidate 28,775 votes 6.03%
  • Occupation: Video Producer/Small Bus. Owner
  • Peabody Award-Winning Investigative Reporter
  • WCPO-TV I-Team Reporter, 1995-2007
  • Miami University, Oxford, OH Graduate
  • Mother of 2, with child in Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Mt. Lookout & Columbia Tusculum Comm. Council Member
  • Watch over Taxpayer Money, Increase Accountability
  • Promote Cincinnati to the rest of the world to bring Jobs
  • Bring Streetcars for Economic Development
Greg P Harris Click here for more information about this candidate 25,216 votes 5.28%
  • Occupation: Cincinnati City Councilmember
  • Public Policy Officer, KnowledgeWorks Foundation (2005 - present)
  • Executive Director, Citizens for Civic Renewal (2000 - 2004)
  • Ph.D., Miami University
  • Streamline Government
  • Combat Blight
  • Protect the Environment
Bernadette "Bunny" (Buckner) Watson Click here for more information about this candidate 24,985 votes 5.23%
  • Occupation: Retired
  • Detroit Regional Census Center Partnership Specialist
  • Co-Chair Cincinnati Democratic Committee
  • President Avondale Community Council
  • Cincinnati Leading Woman
  • Who's Who in Black Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Health and Environmental and Quality of Life Issues
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Development of Cincinnati's 52 Neighborhoods
Amy Murray Click here for more information about this candidate 23,667 votes 4.96%
  • Occupation: Business Owner - The Japan Consulting Group
  • Procter & Gamble 14-year Global Business Manager (1986-2000)
  • Hyde Park Neighborhood Council - Past President
  • Adjunct Marketing Professor Xavier University - former
  • BA in Economics - Arizona State University
  • Cub Scout leader
  • Sunday school teacher
  • Economic Development - keep existing companies and attract new businesses
  • Public Safety - stronger council support for our Police and Fire Divisions
  • Advocate for the taxpayer - lower taxes and reasonable spending
Kevin Flynn Click here for more information about this candidate 23,619 votes 4.95%
  • Occupation: Attorney
  • UC Law School Adjunct Professor
  • Chairman of the Board - Drake Center
  • LaSalle High & McAuley High Boards
  • Variety of other Charitable Boards
  • Public Safety
  • Budget
  • Economic Development
Wendell Young Click here for more information about this candidate 22,100 votes 4.63%
  • Occupation: Retired
  • Cincinnati Police Academy Graduate
  • Attended University of Cincinnati
  • National Forum For Black Public Administrators Executive Leadership Institute Graduate
  • Past President of The Sentinel Police Association
  • Past President of The Cincinnati Branch NAACP
  • Twice Past President of the Cincinnati Chapter: National Forum for Black Public Administrators
  • Budget Control, Preserve Public Safety/City Services, Economic Development & Job Creation.
  • Preservation of thriving neighborhoods & improving underserved neighborhoods.
  • Preservation & improvement of our environment through Green Initiatives.
Tony Fischer Click here for more information about this candidate 21,742 votes 4.55%
  • Occupation: ESL Teacher
  • Decorated U.S. Army Combat Veteran
  • B.S., School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
  • Member, Kiwanis Club of Cincinnati
  • Volunteer, Architreks, Cincinnati Preservation Association
  • Graduate of Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Public Safety
  • Vibrant Neighborhood Business Districts
  • Strong Local Economy
Nicholas Hollan Click here for more information about this candidate 18,096 votes 3.79%
  • Occupation: Community Outreach/Disaster Services Coordinator - Red Cross
  • 2009 - Present, Board of Directors, Westwood Civic Association
  • 2008 - 2009, Board of Directors, United Cerebral Palsy
  • 2005, Supervisor, Dallas Damage Assessment, American Red Cross
  • Renewed investment in Cincinnati's children
  • Public safety
  • Neighborhood revitalization
George J. Zamary Click here for more information about this candidate 12,834 votes 2.69%
  • Occupation: Attorney
  • Capital University Law School, 1998
  • Ohio University, summa cum laude, 1995
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Clean and Safe Neighborhoods
  • Revitalization of Cincinnati's Tax Base
Anitra Brockman Click here for more information about this candidate 8,071 votes 1.69%
  • Occupation: Business Professor, Southwestern College
  • MBA, Human Resource Management
  • 2008 Instructor of the Year
  • 2009 Unsung Hero Award Recipient
  • 2009 Board of Directors, TAPP House
  • Youth Development
  • Public Safety
  • Economic Development
LaMarque Ward, Sr Click here for more information about this candidate 7,806 votes 1.64%
  • Occupation: Manager for Cincinnati Job Corps
  • Founder of the Cincinnati Dream Academy
  • Jail Minister
  • Community and Police Relations
  • Youth Engagement
  • Community Inclusion

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