Yvette Simpson, Cincinnati Councilwoman, announced that she will be running against John Cranley in the 2017 mayoral election. This race, unlike our presidential race, will be Democrat versus Democrat.
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Simpson, a Lincoln Heights native, stated she is the correct person for this job because of her desire to improve the life of others. She has served on council since 2011 after being elected in her first try for public office. In 2013, she was re-elected, finishing fourth. She is an attorney at the Ulmer & Berne law firm.
After graduating from Princeton High School, Simpson attended Miami University and the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Her MBA was received through Xavier University’s Executive MBA Program in 2014.
Simpson has held board positions with many community organizations throughout Cincinnati, including the YWCA and the Urban League. She is also a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter and the Cincinnati Chapter of the Links, Inc. In 2005, she was recognized as one of the Business Courier’s Forty under 40 and a YWCA Rising Star. In 2014, Simpson was honored as one of the YWCA’s Career Women of Achievement.
Simpson’s focus is on developing and expanding Cincinnati small businesses, empowering Cincinnati youth, and providing tools for our neighborhoods to become more vibrant places to live and work. Other priorities include championing and ensuring City support of human services, and introducing legislation supporting women and issues that affect women.
Her initiatives and accomplishments include the Small Business Advisory Committee (SBAC) and Youth Commission of Cincinnati (YCC), approved updates to Cincinnati’s Human Services Funding, Paid Parental Leave for all city employees, and Homeless-to-Work– pilot program. All of these programs lead to greater opportunities creating a brighter future for Cincinnati.
Simpson, who now lives in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati, believes she is the positive change this city needs. Her slogan reads “the time is now”. More information on city council and mayoral initiatives can be found on Yvette Simpson‘s website.
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Marissa Staples, Writer
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