Young doesn’t qualify to run for mayor, Board of Elections says

Young doesn’t qualify to run for mayor, Board of Elections says
Former Cincinnati City Councilman Wendell Young (Source: Liz Dufour/Cincinnati Enquirer)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Former Cincinnati City Council member Wendell Young will not appear on the ballot for the city’s 2021 mayoral election.

Young had to gather 500 valid signatures to qualify for the May 4 primary. According to the Hamilton County Board of Elections, he came up short.

The board will meet March 2 to certify the final candidate petitions.

Young and eight other candidates filed to appear on the ballot last week. His exit leaves the race as follows, pending the BOE’s final certification:

  • Gavi Begtrup - Democrat, 37, Scientist
  • Adam Paul Teague Koehler - Democrat, 43, Tech entrepreneur
  • David Mann - Democrat, 81, Cincinnati City Councilman
  • Kelli Prather - Democrat, 48
  • Raffel Prophett - Democrat, 61, Retired Cincinnati firefighter
  • Aftab Pureval - Democrat, 38, Hamilton County Clerk of Courts
  • Cecil Thomas - Democrat, 68, State Senator
  • Herman J. Najoli - Independent, 44, Adjunct professor

Current Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley cannot run again due to term limits after eight years in office.

Several people who had either been considering a run or were rumored to be considering a run already recently announced they would not seek the mayoralty.

Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman said he would not run for mayor, and suspended City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld also withdrew his name from the race.

Last Wednesday, Councilman Chris Seelbach announced his decision not to run.

And in January, Former Mayor Mark Mallory and former Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper announced they would not run.

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