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CPS Board Member Ozie Davis Won't Be On November Ballot

Courtesy of Ozie Davis

Cincinnati school board member Ozie Davis III has failed to make the November ballot because his nominating petitions lack the required number of signatures.

Monday morning, the Hamilton County Board of Elections formally rejected Davis. He was well short of the 300 valid voter signatures he needed to become a candidate.

Davis, a community organizer in Avondale, was appointed to the board in May 2018 after the resignation of Lannis Timmons. He wanted to run for a full four-year term this year.

Four seats on the seven-member board are up for election this year, with three incumbents running for re-election.

Davis was one of seven applicants for the board vacancy after Timmons resigned. The appointment was made by the other six board members.

Through his firm Ozie Davis and Associates, he has become well-known in Avondale and other neighborhoods as a community organizer. He is a graduate of Walnut Hills High School and earned a law degree from Indiana University.

When Democrat Steve Driehaus represented Ohio's 1st Congressional District from 2009 to 2011, Davis worked as an aide to Driehaus in the district.

Davis could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.