Stephanie Summerow Dumas: Hamilton County voters elect first African American woman as commissioner

CINCINNATI — For the first time ever, voters elected an African American woman to the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners.

Despite a small campaign budget, Democrat Stephanie Summerow Dumas managed to unseat longtime Republican incumbent Chris Monzel in a race that shows just how blue Hamilton County is becoming.

“This would be a party win,” University of Cincinnati political science professor David Niven said. “This is a function of this county trending Democratic and the party just being able to turn out its vote.”

Unofficial results show Dumas, a retired social worker and former mayor of Forest Park, defeating Monzel with 51 percent of the vote.

“She did…

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