Equality

All people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. You should never be discriminated against, no matter your ethic background, sexual orientation, race, or gender identity.

Cincinnati has come a long way in promoting equality, but we need to be proactive about protecting it.

Women’s Equality

We must stand up for real solutions to promote gender equality and protect women’s rights.

  • Close the gender pay gap by promoting transparency across our city’s economy
  • Advocate for paid maternity leave and leave to take care of sick family members
  • Stand with Planned Parenthood to defend women’s rights to health and reproductive care
  • Promote gender equity by breaking down social, economic, and legal barriers

LGBT+ Rights

Although Cincinnati received a 100 percent score for equality, we still have room to grow towards becoming a more inclusive and welcoming city.

  • Provide additional government services to our transgender citizens
  • Increase city support for LGBT+ citizens experiencing homelessness
  • Improve city efforts to assist LGBT+ elderly
  • Appoint city liaisons to ensure equality for LGBT+ youth in public schools

Disability Rights

  • Improve access to city buildings for people with service animals
  • Ensure compliance with federal disability standards (ADA, FHA, ANSI, etc.) and city codes
  • Advocate for the advancement of disability rights at local, state and national levels
  • Empower persons with disabilities to participate in legislative decisions to protect their rights

Learn more about our inclusive vision for Cincinnati:

Here’s how we can turn protests into results (Cincinnati Enquirer, 2017)

Tamaya Dennard: Bring a Folding Chair (Women of Cincy, 2017)


Transportation

Frankly, our transportation system should connect you to employers. Transportation planning needs to be based on coordination and cooperation between users of all modes of transportation. This includes pedestrians, automobiles, bikers, users of public transit, ride-shares, air travelers, and others.

In Cincinnati today, it can take more than two hours to get from one place to another. This is a root cause of poverty. It reduces access to jobs, education, and other basic services for people who depend on public transportation. Our failing transportation system is not only a root cause of poverty, but it also harms our natural environment and slows economic growth in our region.

By improving and expanding our Metro services and infrastructure, we can increase transit ridership, connect our neighborhoods, and make Cincinnati more accessible to everyone.

Metro Expansion

  • Work with SORTA to pass a sales tax levy for desperately needed transit funding
  • Explore 24-hour routes to accommodate citizens with second and third shift jobs
  • Explore employer-subsidized direct routes to connect people to jobs that pay a living wage

Building Awareness

  • Commission a study of bus routes to determine where to add, expand or divert routes
  • Advocate for more direct and intra-city express bus routes
  • Host routine town halls on popular bus routes to increase awareness of transit issues

We cannot use the same approach to meeting the transportation needs of 20 years ago. People have changed and so have their transportation needs. Our transportation system should reflect those changes. Tamaya will fight for an equitable transportation system that serves everyone.

Read more: It’s time to get serious about restoring our city’s aging infrastructure (Cincinnati Enquirer, 2017)


Public Safety

Black Lives Matter, and police deserve respect for risking their lives to keep our streets safe. Tamaya is not afraid to say both of these things because they are both true. The popular narrative says that you cannot stand for social justice and safe streets — but we can and must.

Cincinnati was once nationally known for riots and terrible police-community relations. Today, we are looked to as a national leader on progressive police-community relations. While this is a huge achievement, we have a long way to go towards building real trust between residents and law enforcement.

To continue to improve Cincinnati’s ability to serve justice and protect the people who live here, I will:

Police-Community Relations

  • Ensure the Collaborative Agreement is fully funded to protect our progress in policing
  • Lead the charge in requiring all police officers wear body cameras
  • Work with FOP and Sentinels to organize events for police-community interaction
  • Demand more cultural competence training for police officers before they can join our police

Criminal Justice

  • Create bonding funds to help citizens with a criminal record find meaningful employment
  • Fight for solutions to help returning citizens find dignified housing and employment
  • Call for the complete divestment of city stock and bond holdings in private prisons companies

Emergency Management

  • Support Cincinnati Fire Department efforts to prevent brownouts
  • Commission a study of police precincts and fire stations to determine funding needs

Our city needs leaders who will address crime and violence in our city. But these challenges can’t be tackled in silos, independent from one another. Much of the violence in our streets stems from a lack of opportunity, systemic economic disparities and inequity. We have to address systemic inequity to reduce crime and decrease the rate at which people experience poverty.


Innovation

We need more disruptive, innovative spaces to encourage innovation and creativity in city government.

Over the last 10 years, we have made great strides to modernize and innovate our public services. But we still have a long way to go. If our government does not continue to innovate, it becomes stagnant. When government is stagnant, it is unable to effectively serve everyone.

To encourage creativity and innovation in our government, we must:

Engagement

  • Creatively engage constituents to redesign public services to better serve them
  • Work with the Office of Performance & Data Analytics to revamp data collection
  • Emphasize qualitative data collection and surveys to create better services

Creativity

  • Work with our start-up community to discover new opportunities for innovation
  • Encourage business owners and taxpayers to share ideas to improve government services
  • Host bi-annual innovation summits to promote public-private sector collaboration

Tamaya currently works at Design Impact — a nonprofit social innovation firm that helps organizations and municipalities to create inclusive and innovative approaches to complex social issues.

She brings divergent thinking to City Hall. She will hold city departments accountable for genuinely listening to constituents, conducting observations and prototyping and testing programs before they are scaled out. This will not only save precious tax dollars, but also make Cincinnati competitive for the future.

Learn more about Tamaya’s vision for Cincinnati:

It’s time to get serious about restoring our city’s aging infrastructure (Cincinnati Enquirer, 2017)

Reimagining innovation in local government (Cincinnati Enquirer, 2017)


Government Accessibility

Government exists to serve the people.

When residents loose access their elected officials and public services, it has failed them. We need a renewed understanding in City Hall that government works for the people—not the other way around.

Transparency & Accountability

  • Move City Council meetings from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. so people can attend after work
  • Increase the length of time that citizens can address City Council; it is currently only 2 minutes
  • Host City Council meetings in all of our 52 neighborhoods

Public Engagement

  • Address all constituent concerns brought to our office within 24 hours
  • Hold elected officials responsible for being engaged in all neighborhoods
  • Advocate for staggered four-year City Council terms to encourage greater community engagement

Youth Development

  • Launch a program to teach students about government and how they can serve their communities
  • Expand access to internship opportunities for high school and college students
  • Improve our city’s digital footprint to better connect and engage with our young citizens

Government should exist to serve all its citizens, regardless of zip code. By promoting accessibility and transparency we can increase and diversify involvement in government. People deserve and have the right to know that their government works for them.

Learn more about our government accessibility plan: Call to make City Hall more accessible to all


Environment

Environmental issues are economic issues. Climate change is not a hoax. Investing in green energy and smart technology is not just environmentally sustainable, but it creates new jobs for the future.

To protect our environment and modernize Cincinnati’s infrastructure, we must:

Conservation & Preservation

  • Commission a study to determine how we can introduce a city composting program
  • Increase fines for littering and illegal dumping
  • Expand access to education on preservation, conservation, composting, recycling, etc.

Renewable Energy

  • Increase the number of solar panels installed on city buildings
  • Commission innovative energy audits of all buildings
  • Parter with local universities to effectively reduce our city’s carbon footprint

Sustainability

  • Expand tax incentives for businesses and developers that exceed Silver LEED certification
  • Partner with environmental organizations to inject green technology into water and sewer systems
  • Eradicate “energy poverty” by providing incentives to make homes energy efficient
  • Expand programs for the preservation of buildings, parks, bridges, and other historical structures

Water & Infrastructure

  • Guarantee that MSD workers are provided the legal right to remain AFSCME members
  • Stand up for quality MSD services at county, city and community meetings
  • Require MSD directors to have proven environmental policy and management skills

We ought to promote environmental awareness and sustainability at all levels of private and public life. Tamaya will fight for real solutions to make sure that Cincinnati can preserve and protect our natural environment and compete in the 21st century economy—for today, tomorrow and the future.


Economic Justice

We need to improve our economy from the bottom up. Too many people in Cincinnati live from paycheck to paycheck and there are too many roadblocks to finding a job.

For families living in poverty, the hallmarks of middle class life—owning a home, having access to quality childcare, retiring with dignity—feel out of reach. That is why I’m committed to promoting economic justice.

Cities must invest in working people by increasing wages, bolstering workplace protections, shaping policies to help balance work and family life, and finding innovative ways to combat extreme poverty.

Affordable Housing

  • Ensure that city government contracts reflect Cincinnati’s demographic makeup
  • Demand that developers receiving city monies construct fair and affordable housing
  • Close our 40,000-unit affordable housing gap by 10%, adding 4,000 doors over four years
  • Advocate for rent abatements to allow people to stay living in their homes

Equitable Wages

  • Advocate in Columbus to repeal the recent Ohio law restricting a local minimum wage increase
  • Push for a statewide $15.00 minimum (livable) wage
  • Introduce a resolution affirming Cincinnati’s commitment to gender pay equality
  • Create a registry of employers committed to gender pay equality to promote transparency

Economic Development

  • Revisit tax abatements with a renewed focus on equity across our 52 neighborhoods
  • Create an index that outlines where and how city funds are allocated
  • Support responsible economic development that does not push people out of their communities
  • Host Council meetings in all 52 neighborhoods so all residents have a voice in development

Small Businesses

  • Provide tax incentives to new small businesses to promote economic growth and create jobs
  • Push city government to be more proactive in supporting small businesses
  • Heavily incentivize minority business growth, focusing especially on underserved communities

Learn more about Tamaya’s vision for Cincinnati:

Tamaya Dennard: Bring a Folding Chair (Women of Cincy, 2017)

Here’s how we turn protests into results (Cincinnati Enquirer, 2017)