For months, local political watchers have been abuzz about the possibility of a record number of candidates in this year’s Cincinnati City Council race.

But so far, it doesn’t appear that’ll happen unless there’s a last-minute flurry of filings by today’s 4 p.m. deadline. Nineteen candidates have filed to run after 44 people had requested petitions.

The record is 31 candidates, set in 2005, according to Board of Elections research.

There is some suspense among the nonincumbents thought to be serious contenders. Democratic-endorsed Ozie Davis and GOP-endorsed Seth Maney were notably absent from the updated list of candidates released by the Hamilton County Board of Elections on Thursday morning.

Insiders say Davis and Maney are scrambling at the last minute to collect signatures. Politics Extra saw someone from Davis’ campaign collecting signatures on Fountain Square on Wednesday afternoon.

Candidates must have 500 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. 

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All six incumbents who were planning to run for re-election have filed – independent Christopher Smitherman, Republican-endorsed Amy Murray and Democratic-endorsed Wendell Young, David Mann, P.G. Sittenfeld and Chris Seelbach.

All other candidates endorsed by the Democrats, Republicans and Charter Committee have filed. Those include: 

• Republican Jeff Pastor (Mount Lookout)

• Democrats Michelle Dillingham (Kennedy Heights), Tamaya Dennard (Camp Washington), Greg Landsman (Mount Washington), Lesley Jones (Mount Airy)

• Charter-endorsed Derek Bauman (Over-the-Rhine) and Henry Frondorf (Westwood). (Murray, Mann and Dennard also have been endorsed by Charter.)

Laure Quinlivan is another notable candidate who has filed to run. The former local television reporter is seeking a return to Council after narrowly missing being re-elected in 2013. The Democrat led efforts to change Council’s terms from two years to four years.

Others who have filed: Tamie Sullivan, Manuel Foggie, Cristina Burcica, Brian Garry and Kelli Prather.

PX will have more updates this afternoon so please check back.

Politics Extra is a column looking inside Greater Cincinnati and Ohio politics. Follow Enquirer political columnist Jason Williams on Twitter @jwilliamscincy and send email to [email protected].

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