The Results Are In

Tuesday night, Cincinnati elected a new mayor and six new members of City Council.

Tuesday night, Cincinnati elected a new mayor and six new members of City Council.

Congratulations to Mayor-elect Aftab Pureval, currently Hamilton County Clerk of Courts, on his strong electoral victory. Pureval ran on a platform of reform coming from outside of City Hall, and has already begun his transition before taking office in January 2022.

Three current city councilmembers will keep their seat for another term. Congratulations to Councilmembers Greg Landsman (D), Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney (D), and Liz Keating (R). The team at Government Strategies Group and Development Strategies Group looks forward to continue working with them during this new council term. Councilmember Landsman was elected in 2017; Councilmembers Kearney and Keating were appointed in 2020.

There are six newcomers to Plum Street: Councilmembers-elect Jeff Cramerding, Reggie Harris, Mark Jeffreys, Scotty Johnson, Meeka Owens, and Victoria Parks all won a seat on council this week. Harris, Kearney, Landsman, Owens, Parks, Johnson, Cramerding, and Jeffreys were all endorsed candidates with the Hamilton County Democratic Party, running as a team to make up the largest Democratic majority elected to Council in decades. We look forward to their teamwork continuing at City Hall as the new council works together to advance local policy and set the budget agenda.

The countywide Great Parks of Hamilton County (Issue 29) and Children’s Services (Issue 1) levies passed. City voters rejected the charter amendments in Issue 3.

We are also thrilled to announce that the City of Madeira voters elected our friend and colleague, Doug Moormann, to serve on Madeira City Council! Doug was appointed to Madeira City Council in 2019 and has demonstrated strong leadership for the city throughout the pandemic and economic crisis. The team at GSG and DSG are proud to have him on our team, and thankful that Madeira voters also see his integrity and dedication to the community.


To view the results of Tuesday’s election, visit the Hamilton County Board of Elections’ website at

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Anne C. Sesler

Director of Public Affairs

Anne Sesler brings more than twenty years’ experience in public affairs consulting to Government Strategies Group. Anne works with local elected officials, state legislators, reporters and community leaders on behalf of corporate and non-profit clients developing community outreach and engagement strategies, conducts media relations, builds grassroots support for projects, and conducts communication with stakeholders and legislators.

Anne lends her public policy and political communication experience beyond GSG to her role as Vice Chair of the Hamilton County Democratic Party. Over the years, she’s offered political counsel to both state and local campaigns, including Preschool Promise, Ohio Jobs and Growth (the casino ballot initiative), United for Jobs and Ohio’s Future (Third Frontier), and many others. Anne lives in Mt. Lookout with her husband, Bryan.

Focus areas: 

  • Local government relations
  • Coalition building
  • Media relations and communications
  • Crisis communications

Driven by:

  • Making Cincinnati a better place for all

In the community:

  • Leadership Cincinnati Class 47
  • Cincinnati Planning Commission member
  • Lunken Airport Oversight and Advisory Board Chair
  • Cincinnati Democratic Committee Co-Chair
  • Hamilton County Democratic Party, Vice Chair
  • Mt. Lookout Community Council member

Charles “Chip” Gerhardt

President & CEO

Chip Gerhardt has made government affairs, economic development, and issue advocacy his life’s work. He’s worked for decades in the public and private sectors, and advocated at the local, state, and federal levels of government. In 2007, he used that experience to found Government Strategies Group, a full-service government relations firm. At GSG, he works directly with clients, helping them navigate the complicated intersection of politics, public policy, and business.

In his many years in public policy, Chip has been involved in significant policies including; creation of tax increment financing districts, the Clean Ohio program, Cincinnati City Center Development Corporation, and most importantly, the passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. He has also been at the forefront of some of the biggest developments in Greater Cincinnati, including the Horseshoe (now Hard Rock) Casino, TQL Stadium for FC Cincinnati, parking garage structures at The Banks, and the redevelopment of the @580 building. Rarely is there a public policy endeavor in Cincinnati that does not involve GSG.

Chip received his B.B.A in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctor from the St. Louis University School of Law. He lives in Anderson Township with his wife Jane. Son Charlie is a local chef and children Hank and Anne have completed their education and started lives of their own.

Focus areas:

  • State and local government relations
  • Economic development
  • Issue advocacy

Driven by:

  • A lifelong interest in the political system has driven Chip to a career in public policy and politics. As a parent of three, one with Down syndrome, has compelled him to promote public policies designed to help others. Whether it is enabling financial independence for people with disabilities, advancing funding for housing families facing homelessness, or assisting with economic development projects, Chip involves himself in things that make a positive difference. 

In the community:

  • Hamilton County Board of Elections member
  • Current Board Member for Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, People Working Cooperatively, Corporation for Findlay Market, goVibrant, and the African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Chairman of the Board for the National Down Syndrome Society
  • Former board member of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce, and the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati Magazine’s 300 of the Region’s Most Powerful Business Leaders, 2021-2022
  • Cincy Magazine Power 100, 2011-2022