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Cincinnati city councilman announces 2016 Senate bid

Cincinnati City Councilman PG Sittenfeld announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2016 on Wednesday. (Provided by PG Sittenfeld's website) Cincinnati City Councilman PG Sittenfeld announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2016 on Wednesday. (Provided by PG Sittenfeld's website)
Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld is running for the U.S. Senate in 2016.

"Right now, Washington politicians continue to stack the deck against working families," the Democrat announced on his website Wednesday. "These career insiders in Congress are too disconnected from Ohio values, Ohio priorities, and Ohio ingenuity to solve the big problems facing the nation. They had their shot –­ and they failed.

"It's time for a new generation of leaders to step forward with a new agenda for our country. Now, more than ever, Ohio needs leaders who embrace technology and innovation; who see our diversity as an asset; and who are committed to engaging and empowering the public."

Sittenfeld, 30, who is trying to unseat two-term Terrace Park Republican Rob Portman, said he will fight for good-paying jobs, rebuilding infrastructure and investing in clean energy.

"I'll put money back in the pockets of working people by raising the minimum wage and closing unfair loopholes," he pledged. "I'll expand educational opportunity and help bring down crippling student loan debt. And I'll work to strengthen retirement security for all Americans."

The second term city councilman finished first in the 2013 election and is the chairman of council's Education and Entrepreneurship Committee, and also serves on the Budget & Finance and Transportation & Regional Cooperation committees.

"I'm going to support things like raising the minimum wage, like equal pay for equal work. I'm going to reject bad trade deals that have been responsible for losing thousands of Ohio jobs," Sittenfeld said.

He says plans to talk about policies and programs he's supported that have made a difference, like expanded educational opportunities and using technology to solve problems.

Sittenfeld was born and raised in Cincinnati. The Seven Hills School graduate attended Princeton University and earned a Marshall Scholarship for graduate school at Oxford University.

Following work experiences at Google and Time Magazine, he returned to his hometown to become the assistant director of the Community Learning Center Institute.

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