What happened to the Cincinnati Council class of 2017?

Only one council member from the class of 2017 would be an incumbent in the 2021 council election

What happened to the Cincinnati Council class of 2017?
Only one Cincinnati city council member from the class of 2017 would be an incumbent in the 2021 council election. (Source: WXIX)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Council member Greg Landsman told FOX19 NOW he remembers the night he was elected to council in 2017. He said there was excitement and enthusiasm to start the city’s work. The picture is different now and could change drastically next year.

The members of the 2017 council class were:

  • P.G. Sittenfeld
  • David Mann
  • Christopher Smitherman
  • Chris Seelbach
  • Wendell Young
  • Amy Murray
  • Tamaya Dennard
  • Jeff Pastor
  • Greg Landsman

Term limits, resignations and scandal will shape a much different looking council in 2021.

The following council members are term-limited:

Wendell Young, David Mann, Chris Seelbach, Christopher Smitherman, and P.G. Sittenfeld.
Wendell Young, David Mann, Chris Seelbach, Christopher Smitherman, and P.G. Sittenfeld. (Source: WXIX)

The following council members resigned during their term:

Amy Murray and Tamaya Dennard
Amy Murray and Tamaya Dennard (Source: WXIX)

That leaves just Jeff Pastor and Greg Landsman. Pastor has been indicted on federal bribery charges. If he is not cleared, Landsman will become the only member of the class of 2017 who could run again as an incumbent.

Council member Greg Landsman
Council member Greg Landsman (Source: WXIX)

“It’s sad, I’m frustrated, and it’s unfortunate,” Landsman said. “And I worry about the city and what it means for the work that we do that, you know, we’re in this place, but I’m also very determined to be part of fixing it. I mean, restoring the trust that’s been lost.”

Landsman says he intends to run for his seat again. He remains optimistic about the future of council.

“It is an opportunity to get folks who are going to be a part of a better culture,” Landsman said. “And that means two things in particular for me. One is that everyone is clear about what they want to get done. So that we can help each other get things done and two, that people are going to work together. And that if they disagree, it’s okay, that that disagreement won’t turn into a big fight, which has been way more of the case.”

Three people who weren’t part of the council class of 2017 but are now are:

Jan Michele-Kearney, Betsy Sundermann, Steve Goodin
Jan Michele-Kearney, Betsy Sundermann, Steve Goodin (Source: WXIX)

Judge Ralph “Ted” Winkler will soon appoint the temporary replacement for P.G. Sittenfeld who also faces federal charges.

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