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Leslie Ghiz

Leslie was raised inHuntington, West Virginia, directly across the Ohio River from Chesapeake, Ohio. She is the second of four children, Martha Drossos, Paul Ghiz and Juliana Turner, and the daughter of the late Paul Lester and Nancy Ghiz. She is the great-granddaughter of Lebanese/Syrian immigrants, and the granddaughter of a former West Virginia Attorney General and subsequent Governor.


Educated in the West Virginia public school system, she attended West Virginia University, where she received a BA degree in English. Leslie attended law school in Columbus, Ohio at Capital University, graduating in 1994.


No stranger to adversity, Leslie and her family suffered the loss of her father in 1990, after a 13-month battle with cancer. This was a turning point for her. Building on the example of her father, Leslie began focusing her life on community service. Throughout college and law school, she participated and advanced many causes including the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, Street Law teaching and work with the hearing impaired. Upon graduation from law school, Leslie was awarded the Outstanding Woman Law Graduate Award, Capital's Public Service Award, and its Outstanding Leadership in Philanthropy Award.


Leslie began her legal career in the footsteps of her grandfather, Clarence Meadows, working for the West Virginia Attorney General. She quickly made her way back to Columbus, and worked with the Ohio Public School Boards Association, representing various Ohio Public School Boards in labor and employment matters. From there, Leslie made the permanent move to Cincinnati. Leslie's brother, Paul, had attended Miami University, Oxford, and had settled in Cincinnati, which made her transition to Cincinnati much easier.


Her career in private practice was with Peck, Shaffer & Williams LLP, then with Thompson Hine LLP. While at Thompson Hine, she was solicited by the City's Human Resources Department to become the Chief Labor Negotiator for the City. This was an opportunity she could not turn down. After two very eventful years with the City of Cincinnati, Leslie decided to run for Cincinnati City Council. She now works at the law firm of Kohnen & Patton LLP (www.kohnenpatton.com), practicing labor and employment law.


Leslie's love for the City of Cincinnati stems back to her childhood in West Virginia. As a child, Leslie's family would travel to Cincinnati for long weekends in the summers, attending Reds games and frequenting Kings Island. The excitement she felt as a child has never subsided. In a town that offered everything to her from the arts to a zoo, Leslie was always certain Cincinnati would become her home.


Leslie has filtered this love of the City into continual community service. She has been a tutor in the Cincinnati Public Schools, first at Washington Park Elementary, then McKinley Elementary. She is currently a Board Member for Youth Opportunities United (www.you.homestead.com); a development committee member for Women Helping Women; a Sunday School Teacher for Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church; a volunteer/donor for Pro-Kids, Dress for Success Cincinnati, the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, Hoxworth Blood Center as a blood/bone-marrow/stem cell donor, the May Festival, the Cincinnati Jaycees, and Ensemble Theatre.


In May 2001, Leslie and her siblings faced another turning point in their lives. Their mother, Nancy, died of a sudden heart-attack at the age of 56. However, that same day, they were given the gift of life, with the early arrival of their only niece, Anna Sophia. Anna's inspiration has re-invigorated Leslie's clear and determined focus of children's issues.


In the fall of 2003, Leslie and her family were blessed with the birth of Martha's second daughter, Alexandra, and Juliana's son, Thomas. Leslie and Paul are Godparents to both.


Leslie's true passion is as an advocate for the City of Cincinnati. She wants the City to have the same appealing effect on others it had on her when she was a child coming to visit in the summer. She believes strongly in family and community, and wants nothing more than to champion the re-development of the City of Cincinnati. In her opinion, our city council has for too long put the members' personal and political interests above those of the city. She believes it is time that we elect bright, intelligent and creative leaders to council who will be able to work with a new strong mayor to lead our city in the right direction.


Leslie is 36 years old, a member of Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, and resides in Hyde Park.

Biography courtesy of www.leslieghiz.com

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