There are 35 Cincinnati City Council Candidates on the ballot for 2021. Nine will be elected to represent us, the citizens of Cincinnati, based on the November 2nd Election results.
There are other important races and issues as well. Here we make the choices that we think will best honor our creed to elect progressives over corporatists.
Aftab Puveval – Aftab has shown ambition, but has also demonstrated a good deal of integrity in his time as Clerk of Courts. David Mann, his opponent, has too often been on the side of developers over neighborhoods, and corporations over citizens.
FOR CITY COUNCIL – THE WORLD FIVE CORE FIVE (nine seats)
With 35 candidates in a randomized order (depending on your precinct) and the recognition that it’s at times easier to determine not to vote for as opposed to who to vote for, we list five core candidates that we think provide the best governance and give us a majority on Cincinnati City Council. In order of our priorities…
Michelle Dillingham – teacher, activist, community leader, Michelle has been tireless in working to improve our city and its residents.
Jan Michele Lemon Kearney – appointed to council in March 2020, Jan has shown a commitment to neighborhoods and communities in her time there.
Brian Garry – has been engaged with community and sustainability issues his entire adult life. An advocate for the poorest neighborhoods, stopping violence and supporting education are priorities.
Evan Holt – Evan brings a sharp mind and working class attitude to council. His priorities are affordable housing, living wages and a better transit system to connect jobs and workers.
Kevin Flynn – While we don’t agree with some of Kevin’s policy positions, we agree with his tag line ‘shining a light on city hall’. In his past stint on council he did just that. Integrity trumps policy positions.
Yes on One – This proposed tax levy is primarily intended to support children services in Hamilton County. We have no more valuable resource than our children. They warrant our support.
No on Two – This proposed tax levy is intended to help Hamilton County Parks, a bright spot in our region. But the current structure of park administration does warrant more money. Fix the system first.
No on Three – This ill conceived and poorly written proposed amendment would combine a bunch of anti-corruption legislation, which we like, but in typical political form it’s also loaded with crap that only a Republican legislator would support. (It was written by Tom Brinkman, a Republican State Representative now running for Cincinnati. We can do better.)
FOR MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE (choose one)
Donte Johnson is the endorsed Democrat while Elizabeth Tye is also well qualified to fill this position. The third option is Republican Bertha García Helmick, appointed by Republican Governor Mike DeWine. We’re not thrilled with her.
FOR CITY OF CINCINNATI SCHOOL BOARD (vote up to four)
Maintaining good school administration in the face of COVID, dedicated bus service and other challenges, we believe the best candidates to be Mike Moroski, Mary Wineberg, Brandon Craig and Kareem Moffiett.
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