Hamilton County Democratic Party and the Cincinnati Democratic Committee (CDC)

The support of my party meant a lot to me when I was a first-time candidate in 2013. I am proud to have received the confidence and support of my party once again for my candidacy for Cincinnati City Council.



The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is my professional association. I am grateful for their endorsement of my candidacy!


From the NASW Ohio Chapter January-February, 2017 Issue:

PACE Endorsement for November 7, 2017

Michelle Dillingham, Social Worker, Candidate for Cincinnati City Council

Michelle Dillingham, MSW, LISW is an NASW member from Cincinnati who received the NASW-Ohio Chapter endorsement and support from PACE back in 2013 in run for Cincinnati City Council. She was very close, 12th place for 9 seats out of 21 candidates, and earned an impressive 32% of the vote in Cincinnati given a first-time candidate. Michelle said, “the NASW-Ohio Chapter PACE Committee gave me an early endorsement for my last run, which helped me to build the necessary momentum to eventually be the most endorsed candidate in that race. I would like to start strong again, and so I am asking once again for your consideration. I am still a practicing social worker and teach as an adjunct in the School of Social Work at the University of Cincinnati. I serve as CEO for Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati, a fundraising organization supporting causes of social, economic, and environmental justice. There I supervise a team of social work students. I would be honored to have my professional association's support once again in 2017.”


AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families. They work for healthcare, health and safety on the job, and against privatization. These are issues important to me, which is why receiving their endorsement for my campaign for City Council is so special to me.


Laborers Local 265

Proud to have earned the support of the working men and women of the Laborers' Local 265, a construction craft union.



Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus

I have received the endorsement once again from the Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus (CWPC). I am a proud member, and this is what we stand for: "We are dedicated to the eradication of sexism, racism, anti-Semitism, ageism, violence, poverty, discrimination against the disabled and discrimination on the basis of religion, and to ensuring reproductive freedom and freedom of sexual orientation."


Ironworkers Local 44

I am proud to have earned the endorsement of the Ironworkers Local 44. Learn more about their work from their website:

“Every day Ironworkers go to work for local businesses that are committed to succeeding in this community. They build the skeletal framework of both everyday buildings and tall skyscrapers. Local 44 Ironworkers install the reinforcing and post-tensioning systems in the buildings and concrete throughout the tri-state area. They install the glass-work and ornamental panels that decorate the interior and exterior of shopping malls and hospitals. They install the heavy ornate panels of concrete and glass that cover towering buildings and yet they also put up warehouses and mini marts. Ironworkers maintain the power plants that dot our river, keeping the lights on at home. Every day Ironworkers are working on bridges on your local highway system, installing stairs and decorative handrail or moving heavy equipment into a new plant that has decided that Cincinnati is the place to do business. Ironworkers do quite a bit to build our neighborhoods and cities. You can find us building your schools and churches, the ride at your local Amusement park, the new home improvement center or grocery store down the block. Our Construction partners are the most experienced and productive companies in the region. Together our goals are safety, productivity and value.” (http://www.ironworkers44.com/About-Us.html)


 Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 627

Local 627 is a division of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) which is the largest labor union representing transit and allied workers in the U.S. and Canada – fights for the interests of its hard-working members and promotes mass transit.

Local 627 represents employees in many different departments in the transit industry within Cincinnati, Ohio. The departments are bus operators, mechanics, building maintenance, storeroom, clerks, fare systems, reservationist, and dispatchers for Metro (SORTA) and Access (MV).


International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Union, Local 8

Today’s insulator is trained and skilled at a multitude of construction trades including but not limited to mechanical insulation, firestopping, asbestos and lead mitigation or abatement, sound attenuation and specialty fabrications required in custom mechanical insulation installations. 

For their role in protecting workers from asbestos:

“By the 1980s, frightening new evidence had confirmed long-held suspicions that workers who were exposed to asbestos died in hugely disproportionate numbers from cancer. After many years of argument, industry and government denials and research supported by our own union, we were finally able to gain worldwide medical acceptance of the link between asbestos and disease. Thanks to our dedication and the leadership of the late General President Andrew Haas, the medical community, industry and government now recognize the danger and have adhered to union recommendations to establish, enact and enforce regulations to minimize such exposure to carcinogens in the future that are still used to this day.” (http://www.insulators.org/about-us/history)


Teamsters Local 100

In 1903, the Teamsters started as a merger of the two leading team driver associations. These drivers were the backbone of America’s robust economic growth, but they needed to organize to wrest their fair share from greedy corporations. Today, the Union’s task is exactly the same. 

The Teamsters are known as the champion of freight drivers and warehouse workers, but have organized workers in virtually every occupation imaginable, both professional and non-professional, private sector and public sector. For more than a century, the Teamsters have been a public voice for the rights and aspirations of working men and women and a key player in securing them. (https://teamster.org/about/who-are-teamsters)




Cincinnati Building Trades

The mission of the Cincinnati Building Trades is to coordinate and harmonize the activities, functions and interests of the Affiliated International Unions in the Building and Construction Industry. One of their values is: Community Empowerment, that is to develop a long lasting relationship with community leaders and organizations to promote equality and inclusion in all aspects of small business and work force development. 

I have a very deep appreciation for the Cincinnati Building Trades, as I worked closely with the "Greater Cincinnati Apprenticeship Council (GCAC)" on workforce development projects, linking Cincinnatians to good-paying, family-supporting jobs. It is with great pride I've earned their endorsement once again for my candidacy.


 Miami Group of the Sierra Club

I am proud to have earned the endorsement of the Miami Group of the Sierra Club. Their mission is to create a safe and healthy community in which to live that includes: a safe and healthy community in which to live, smart energy solutions to combat global warming, and an enduring legacy for America’s wild places. I served on the "BlueGreen Alliance" and look forward to continuing my work with their members for environmental initiatives. 


Our Revolution - Greater Cincinnati


A grassroots, community-run group organizing support for progressive candidates and initiatives in the Greater Cincinnati region. I am grateful for their support. 


Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council


The Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council represents thousands of working families. Their support of my candidacy affirms my years-long work in community-labor coalition building. 


The 1889 Friends of the Sentinels 


My candidacy has been endorsed by the "1889 Friends of the Sentinels". I look forward to partnering with the Sentinel Police Association to help achieve their mission for our city which includes:

To address discriminatory practices, policies, and procedures in the Cincinnati Police Department.

To ensure equality in hiring, job assignments, and promotions in the Cincinnati Police Department.

To work toward police reform in order to eliminate police brutality, bias based policing, and police misconduct.

To ensure the delivery of quality police services to the citizens of Cincinnati, through respect, compassion, and understanding.

To bridge the gap between the Cincinnati Police Department and the citizens of Cincinnati through effective communications and education.

Fire Fighters Local Union 48


Proud to have earned the support of Fire Fighters Local Union 48, our First Responders! 




EQUALITY Cincinnati works for full equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Greater Cincinnati, and to prevent discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity.






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