Montgomery Chamber of Commerce

Candidate Spotlight September 2019

Posted on: September 3, 2019 10:00 am

Mike Cappel

Mike is a lifelong resident of Greater Cincinnati growing up in Kenwood. He holds degrees in Environmental Science, Natural Science and History from the University of Cincinnati. 

Mike’s professional experience includes 4 years in water quality testing at the Greater Cincinnati Water Works, as well as 31 years in the Metropolitan Sewer District’s Regulatory Compliance and Safety Division. Mike also taught Environmental Classes at UC’s Blue Ash Campus, served 15 years in the US Army Reserve and Ohio National Guard, chaired Montgomery’s Environmental Advisory Commission for five years and was elected to Montgomery City Council in 2015.


Gerri Harbison

Gerri Harbison, her husband Mike and family have been Montgomery residents since 1985. Gerri has been a licensed Realtor since 1986 and is currently a Sales Vice President with Huff Realty.

Gerri is a current member of Montgomery City Council, having been elected in 1999 and serving as Mayor from 2005-2011. Gerri is Vice President of the Executive Committee of the Hamilton County First Suburbs Consortium. As a dedicated Montgomery volunteer, Gerri was a member of the Bicentennial Commission in 1994-95 and chaired the Montgomery 4th of July Festival in the Park from 1995-2005, the Bastille Day Celebration in 1999 and the Sister Cities Commission from 1997-99. Gerri is the Immediate Past President of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce. Gerri was honored and humbled to be selected as Citizen of the Year by the Rotary Club of Northeast Cincinnati in 2016. To hear more about Gerri’s passion for Montgomery, please download her segment on  High Heels and Politics podcast on Itunes.


Craig Margolis

My family has lived in Montgomery since 1994. I have served the community, starting with the Planning Commission since 2002. I have contributed to three Montgomery Road design guidelines with the goal to maintain a pedestrian-friendly streetscape that preserves the small-town feel.

I have contributed to land use code recommendations that preserve opportunities for community growth while preserving the rights of our residential neighborhoods. I have been a Council member since 2010, working to strengthen our ties to our business stakeholders. I have been an active member of the council working through the issues of selecting a developer for the project now known as the Montgomery Quarter while working with the community to create a vision for the site.

I will continue to work on ways to enhance resident engagement, building on our sense of community. I will continue our community’s tradition of excellent governance and transparency


Jeremiah Seebohm

Growing up in Evendale and attending CHCA, Jeremiah has been around the Montgomery area from a young age. After a degree in Political Science from Hillsdale College and a law degree from Chase College of Law, Jeremiah worked for a law firm in Cincinnati and then the Civil Division of the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office.

After moving to Montgomery over four years ago, Jeremiah, his wife, and children have enjoyed the Montgomery pool on hot summer days and the many parks around the community. A 2019 graduate of the Montgomery Citizens' Leadership Academy, Jeremiah is a believer in giving back to the community and investing in the future of Montgomery. 


Steven Silverman

Steven J. Silverman, a 28-year resident of Montgomery, spent his youth learning about the facets of Small Business by working in his family's independent supermarket. Upon receiving a Masters degree in Communication Research and Statistics, Steven enjoyed a career at Cincinnati Bell. There, he held leadership positions in Public Relations, Contracts and Purchasing, Business and Customer Research, and Materials Management. Steven has had budget responsibility for more than $6 million. Next, Steven created and launched his own Small Business, with 90% Brand Awareness within 1 year. His personal sales over a 4-year period were $3 million.

During 2018 and 2019, he has dedicated himself to the study of a myriad of Montgomery City matters. He attends Council, Commission and Neighborhood Leaders meetings, and communicates to the Community subject matter of the proceedings. Steven appreciates the open, mentoring relationship City-wide Management provides.


Frank A. Forsthoefel (On Behalf of School Levy)

Frank earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Miami University and a master's degree from Xavier University. 

He has served students in the public school setting for 28 years beginning as a fourth grade teacher. In 1995,  Forsthoefel was appointed Assistant Principal and in 1998 was appointed as Principal in Forest Hills School District. In 2006, Forsthoefel was named Assistant Superintendent of Academic Affairs for Sycamore Community Schools. In February 2015, the Board of Education named Forsthoerfel the next Superintendent of Sycamore Community Schools. 

Forthosefel currently services on the Executive Committee for Learn21 and High Arms.  He is an adjunct instructor in Department of Education Leadership at Xavier University and Ashland University.  He is a member of the Alliance for High Quality Education, High AIMS, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, American Association School Personnel Administrators, and Ohio Association of Elementary Principals.  


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