Background: Prior to founding her own company, Sullivan Communications, she was the first executive director of the Coalition for a Drug-Free Cincinnati, now known as Prevention FIRST!. She also is a former public information officer for the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. Last year, she founded Girls with Pearls, an organization "to foster leadership and empower girls in impoverished neighborhoods to plan for a brighter future through education, personal responsibility and exposure to opportunity."
On the issues: "The reason I am running is that I began to see city council as the culmination of all the work I have done in the community over the years," Sullivan said. "I'm not using city council as a stepping stone to another office." On the epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse, Sullivan said she believes the drug addiction problem and mental health issues "are closely connected." Both problems must be tackled, she said. "We won't arrest our way out of the problem," Sullivan said. "There will always be a new drug that comes along… we have to address this as a disease, with treatment and prevention."