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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
Only one Cincinnati city council member from the class of 2017 would be an incumbent in the...
Only one Cincinnati city council member from the class of 2017 would be an incumbent in the 2021 council election.(WXIX)
Published: Dec. 11, 2020 at 2:11 PM EST
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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.

  • 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.

5 members of Cincinnati City Council are term-limited. They are: Wendell Young, David Mann,...
5 members of Cincinnati City Council are term-limited. They are: Wendell Young, David Mann, Chris Seelbach, Christopher Smitherman, and P.G. Sittenfeld.(WXIX)
Amy Murray and Tamaya Dennard resigned from council during their terms.
Amy Murray and Tamaya Dennard resigned from council during their terms.(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(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.”

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

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

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