There are 20 openly gay and lesbian candidates on Ohio’s local-election ballots today. They’re seeking office as city and village council members, school board members, a city auditor and a municipal court judge.

AKRON
Patrick Bravo, executive director of the Summit County Land Bank, is seeking re-election to the Akron School Board. He is endorsed by the Summit County Progressive Democrats and Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan.

CINCINNATI
Tamaya Dennard (pictured above), a former staff member for Cincinnati City Council member PG Sittenfeld, is running for a seat of her own on the City Council. She is endorsed by the Hamilton County Democratic Party, the Charter Committee of Greater Cincinnati, the Equality Cincinnati PAC and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.

Renee Hevia, a retired teacher and school administrator, is running for the Cincinnati Board of Education. She is endorsed by the Hamilton County Democratic Party, the Charter Committee of Greater Cincinnati, the Equality Cincinnati PAC and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.

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The Rev. Lesley Jones, pastor at Truth & Destiny Covenant Ministries, is running for the Cincinnati City Council. She is endorsed by the Hamilton County Democratic Party.

Seth Maney, a real estate agent and developer and former vice president of the Over the Rhine Community Council, is running for the Cincinnati City Council. He is the first openly gay candidate endorsed by the Hamilton County Republican Party.

Ryan Messer, a property developer and board member for Caracole, is running for the Cincinnati Board of Education. He is endorsed by the Hamilton County Democratic Party, the Equality Cincinnati PAC and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.

Darlene Rogers, an attorney and former pubic defender, is running for become a judge in the Hamilton County Municipal Court. She is endorsed by the Hamilton County Democratic Party and the Equality Cincinnati PAC.

Chris Seelbach is running for his third and final term on the Cincinnati City Council. He is endorsed by the Cincinnati Democratic Committee, the Equality Cincinnati PAC and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.

CLEVELAND
Kerry McCormack, who was appointed to a vacancy on the Cleveland City Council in 2016, is running for a full term representing Ward 3. He is endorsed by the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party and Cleveland Stonewall Democrats.

COLUMBUS
David Donofrio, an account coordinator for a staffing agency, is running for a seat on the South-Western Schools Board of Eduction. He is endorsed by the Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio.

Shannon Hardin, who was appointed to a Columbus City Council vacancy in 2014 and elected to fill the remainder of an unexpired term in 2015, is running for a full four-year term. He is endorsed by the Franklin County Democratic Party and Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio.

Megan Kilgore, a former assistant city auditor, is running to replace retiring City Auditor Hugh Dorrian. She is endorsed by Dorrian, the Franklin County Democratic Party and Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio.

Erin Upchurch, a social worker and member of the Columbus Community Relations Commission, is running for the Columbus Board of Education. She is endorsed by Yes We Can Columbus.

DAYTON
Joe Lacey, a Dayton Board of Education member since 2005, is running for re-election. He is an accountant for Montgomery County.

GOLF MANOR
Matt Boettcher, who was appointed earlier this year to a seat on the Golf Manor Village Council, is running for a full term.

MAPLE HEIGHTS
Richard Trojanski, currently the City Council president in Maple Heights is running for the council seat representing District 6, which he held from 2009 to 2015.

NEWARK
Jeremy Blake, who was elected to the Newark City Council in 2013, is running unopposed for a second term representing the city’s 2nd Ward. Blake already has announced a 2018 run for the Ohio House of Representatives. He is endorsed by the Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio.

Sean Fennell, who works for the Muskingum County Library System, is running for a Newark City Council seat representing the 7th Ward. He is endorsed by the Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio.

PORTSMOUTH
Kevin Wadsworth Johnson, who was elected to the Portsmouth City Council in 2009, is seeking a third term representing the city’s 1st Ward.

TOLEDO
Nick Komives, executive director of Equality Toledo, is running for the Toledo City Council.

 

 

 

Bob Vitale
Bob Vitale is the editor of Prizm. A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, he has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the Sangamon State University/the University of Illinois-Springfield. Contact: BobVitale@prizmnews.com