A field of 22 candidates filed petitions by Thursday's 4 p.m. deadline to run for nine Cincinnati City Council seats in the Nov. 5 election.
Board of Elections officials said late Thursday afternoon they were still checking the petitions of four of those candidates to see if they have the required 500 valid signatures of Cincinnati voters to qualify for the ballot.
At least one new council member will be elected in November, because Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls is running for mayor.
With kids starting to head back to school, AAA, local school officials and police are launching the School's Open - Drive Carefully campaign. The kickoff was held Thursday at Mariemont Elementary School. District superintendent Steven Estepp said this back-to-school time of year presents a great opportunity to remind people to be mindful and vigilant while driving near school buildings.