CINCINNATI – On Tuesday, the Cincinnatians elected nine city council members and a new mayor who they believe will help bring the city toward better horizons.
The group chosen is diverse and consists of four women, three of whom are black, two black men, one of whom is gay, and three white men.
Aftab Pureval, the new mayor of Cincinnati, is the first Asian-American incumbent in Cincinnati history.
“People want leaders who reflect them,” said Meeka Owens, newly elected councilor. “They want people who come from the community. They want people who are in the community and stay there and not just at election time.”
The new council also consists of eight Democrats and one Republican: Liz Keating, who was appointed in 2020 after PG Sittenfeld was temporarily suspended after his arrest on federal suspicion.
Only Greg Landsman was elected to the city council before Tuesday.
“We cannot bury our heads in the sand and pretend that all is well now that we have diverse advice,” said Scotty Johnson, newly elected councilor. “We have to be ready to address inequalities, to be honest, to be courageous, to face them directly.”
The new council already has common priorities in mind, ranging from affordable housing to curbing armed violence, especially among young people.
“I believe this is a group of leaders who will do these things in a way that people will say, ‘I like this group, they work together, they don’t fight,'” said Greg Landsman, re-elected to the city council.
The group already has a head start on plans; For the past eight months, the eight elected Democrats have met regularly on Saturdays to discuss politics and resolve differences.
“We don’t all come from the same background,” said Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney. “We don’t have the same experiences … it looks good because Cincinnati, we have a reputation for being apart.”