Thank you for electing me to serve on city council. I am deeply honored to serve the citizens of Cincinnati.
I am so grateful to so many, but must acknowledge a few:
My campaign manager Abby O’Keefe, I would not have won without her efforts.
Fundraising consultant Bri Ledsome, Deidre Schardine, John and Andrew our field directors, the Xavier University interns, and all the interns, fellows and volunteers. They made a tremendous team. Their optimism and wisdom were essential.
A great slate of Democrats that ran as a team and all the campaign managers and staff that supported us, including executive director Ellen Rakowski and coordinated campaign manager John Burns. Phil O’Neal will not be joining us on council–at least not right now–but he was the Mr. Congeniality of our campaign and critical to the overall success of the slate.
My family and, in particular my wife Jessica, for supporting me in this endeavor. The grandmas were lifesavers for taking on extra babysitting, and for my mom who did double duty and served as treasurer. And to Maura, Frank, and George who provided tactical advice on direct mail and invaluable parade support.
So many friends who I had to “lean into” for money and support. That was sometimes hard to do. I am so grateful that you answered the call. Bonnie White, a great friend who produced all the campaign’s media.
Neil Bortz, Kitty Strauss, and Dick Rosenthal for their unwavering support, as well and sharing their institutional knowledge of City Hall–three of the greatest Cincinnatians!
Mayor-elect Aftab Pureval for bringing vision and energy to the race. I look forward to working with him to build Cincinnati equitably.
I am very proud to have been the highest vote-getter in my neighborhood Price Hill and to be the first Westsider elected as a challenger since 1985. Thank you, my neighbors.
I am also proud to have the highest vote-getter in precinct 13-H, the home of Xavier University. The Musketeer youth do love me.
I am enjoying the moment. I hope you are as well. Much work and many hard and difficult decisions are ahead of us. I will do my best.
Jeff Cramerding built his career as a labor lawyer. He is currently the Director of Contract Administration for the American Association of University Professors at the University Cincinnati (AAUP-UC). He assists over 1,600 faculty at UC, making it one of the largest faculty unions in the county.
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