ENDORSED CANDIDATES FOR CITY COUNCIL
"Running for City Council was not my intended path after deciding not to run for a second term in 2017. I enjoyed the work on Council and the ability to give back to our city. Frankly, I didn’t, and don’t, like the naked politics that gets in the way of having an effective and efficient city government. The events of this past year, with 1/3 of the Council being indicted or convicted of corruption crimes, were a call to me to return to serve the city that we love, to restore trust, integrity, and transparency so that people can have faith in city leadership.
I am a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Cincinnati College of Law. I recently retired from the active practice of law and as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati, both at the College of Law for 27 years and the Lindner College of Business for 3 years. I am a true Cincinnatian, living in Mt. Airy, where I grew up, attending Little Flower Grade School (as did 24 other members of my family) and LaSalle High School. I am married to my terrific wife, Peggy, and we are the parents of three wonderful children: Kevin, Shannon, and Colleen. I was in a life changing auto accident 19 years ago, and live my life with quadriplegia.
On City Council, I chaired the Rules and Audit Committee and was Vice-Chair of the Law and Public Safety Committee and a member of the Budget & Finance, Neighborhoods, and Transportation Committees. I was called by the Enquirer, at different times, the Financial Watchdog of the City and the Voice of Reason.
I want my public service to have meaning. I served as Chairman of the Board and President of the Drake Center and was involved in numerous other boards and volunteer activities, prior to my service on Council. Since leaving Council, I serve on numerous boards, including the Cincinnati Park Board (from which I was just recently replaced), Center for Addiction Treatment, St. Vincent DePaul, Cincinnati Fire Foundation, Center for Independent Living Options, and the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council."
Jackie Frondorf is a Westwood resident and a mother of five young children. She graduated magna-cum laude from the University of Toledo with a degree in Economics in 2008. She is the President of the St. Catharine School PTA, coaches track & field, and works full time as a 4th grade teacher. Jackie, her husband Henry, and their children enjoy exploring Cincinnati and attending community events.
Bill was born and raised in Essex in England. In 1988, he came to Cincinnati as an engineer and became a citizen of the United States in 1995.
Bill's community volunteering started with re-organizing his street Blockwatch. He then became VP of Safety for Pleasant Ridge Community Council, and then held the role of President for 5+ years. He remains the chair of the neighborhood Safety Committee.
The Pleasant Ridge community safety efforts included: the strengthening of the partnership with CPD, organizing and increasing the Community Blockwatch and strengthening COPP (Citizens on Patrol) and ‘Good Guys Loitering’ activities to complement CPD efforts. This partnership and activity have contributed to Pleasant Ridge being one of the large city neighborhoods with lower crime rates. This in turn has helped the Business District thrive, and the residential streets safety has significantly improved.
Steve Goodin currently serves on Cincinnati City Council, where he has fought to create an ethical, pro-business environment which includes all Cincinnati citizens. A veteran of the U.S. Army and the Peace Corps, Goodin has three children and lives in Clifton.
Galen G. Gordon
Growing up in Madisonville, Galen's family later relocated and he graduated from Milford High School. He studied Theater at Wilmington College and learned the Quaker values of integrity, equality and stewardship of the earth. He sold real estate for nine years before returning to his city roots and a new career in hospitality, downtown. With two daughters in tow, he met and married a beautiful young lady named Aprylle, in 2015. They are proud to be a public school family and servant leaders for the residents of Cincinnati!
Galen G. Gordon is a Sales Manager at the Hilton Netherland Plaza and an inductee into the Rose Awards Hall of Fame. He lives in the West End and is actively involved with the West End Community Council, Rotary Club of Cincinnati and Hilton’s Blue Energy Committee.
Galen’s vision for Cincinnati is focused on equitable housing, small business support in all neighborhoods, public safety, and transportation.
Liz Keating currently serves as a member of Cincinnati City Council. She is a fifth generation Cincinnatian. She grew up here, attending Kilgour School (K), Cardinal Pacelli (1-8), and St. Ursula Academy (HS). She served as team captain of the UCLA swim team her senior year as well as co-chair of the Athletic Council, representing all 800 student-athletes on campus.
Liz worked for Cintas as a healthcare consultant, UC Health as an engagement strategist, and is currently the marketing director for the Jim Stengel Company. Liz has served on the boards of Honor Flight Tri-State, Adoption Professionals, Cincinnati Para-Swim Open, Talbert House, Lane 8 Fund, Dan Beard Council, and Friends of the Classic. She has volunteered for numerous organizations including Cincinnati Cancer Center, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati, UC Presidential Bicentennial Committee, MLB All-Star Game Community Organizing Committee, Cincinnati Orchestra Chamber Encore, and Read Aloud 15 Minutes Cincinnati.
Liz is a member of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber C-Change Class 6, a 2018 graduate of the FBI Cincinnati Citizens Academy, and a 2016 Cincinnati Business Courier Forty Under 40 Honoree.
Liz and her husband Jonathan Bennie live in Hyde Park with their young daughter.
A native of Cincinnati, Jim attended St. Xavier High School and graduated from the Lowell Technological Institute in Lowell, MA.
Back in Cincinnati, he opened the Ludlow Garage concert venue from 1969-1971 and owned and operated Arnold’s Bar & Grill until 1998. When Charter Councilwoman Bobbie Sterne retired in 1998, Jim replaced her on the City Council. He was re-elected 2001-2005 when he served as Vice Mayor. He was term limited in 2007.
Often called Mr. Cincinnati, Jim has served on the Charter Committee Board of Trustees since 2007. He is running to “get Cincinnati back on track,” true to the Council-Manager, professional City Manager form of government.
John J. Williams
John J. Williams is an Associate General Counsel at FirstGroup, America, Inc. and has been practicing law for approximately 32 years. John spent the first 12 years of practice with the City of Cincinnati Solicitors Office both as a prosecutor and the majority of his time in the civil division working with various City departments.
John was in private practice until 2018 representing a variety of clients big and small. John also was the only local attorney to serve on the Monitor’s time that helped put in place the landmark Collaborative Agreement between the police and the African-American community.
John has served as the past president of the following professional associations and/or non-profits: the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bar Association, Cincinnati Bar Foundation, Prokids and Pro Seniors. Additionally, he has served on the boards of Beech Acres, Camp Joy and currently serves on the Spring Grove Cemetery Board.
John is married to attorney Renee Filiatraut and has two adult children, Max and Paige, and resides downtown.
Endorsed Candidate for Judge Municipal Court District 2
Elizabeth A. Tye
Ohio requires a candidate to have at least six years of experience. Elizabeth has more than 18. She has relevant, local experience and has been both a prosecutor and defense counsel in Municipal Court, including jury trials. Her experience equips her to preside over a fair and just court.
As both a prosecutor and defense attorney, Elizabeth has practiced in the specialty courts in Hamilton County, including Housing Court, Mental Health Court, Veteran’s Court, Points Docket and the License Intervention Program. She is ready for any and all cases as Municipal Court judge.
Elizabeth has always put her community first. She lives and works in District 2. She and her husband Kevin have raised their children & now grandchildren in North Avondale. As a public servant, Elizabeth is invested in the growth and safety of the community. She has volunteered in local mentoring programs and has participated as a featured speaker at the Talbert House substance abuse treatment program.