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MEET Terence

Trusted Leadership Delivering Results for Our Community

About Terence Gragston

Terence Allen Gragston, an Independent, is an official Candidate for Cincinnati City Council   Terence is a servant-leader that comprehends the needs of his fellow neighbors. He has lived a life of selfless service, serving his country and community prior to running for any political office.


As an Honorably Discharged Staff Sergeant from the United States Army, Terence Gragston served 26 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, earning multiple awards for meritorious actions as a Team Leader where he earned the Army Commendation Medal for his actions while responding to an Improvised Explosive Device attack against his platoon.  "Sgt. Gragston's skillful actions serving as a first responder helped to save the life of a fellow soldier wounded in action" and lead to the preservation of his life.

Upon completion of his military service, Terence served fellow veterans and their families at the Cincinnati VAMC, serving in many roles and earning multiple accolades including the I. C.A.R.E award for upholding the core values of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  During his three year tenure, Terence also served as a Union Steward, a union dues paying member - representing Bargaining Unit Employees during contract disputes, disciplinary hearings and other grievances.


Terence is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Gamma Lambda Chapter, where he is the Chairman for the "Voteless People is a Hopeless People" Committee. As Chairman, he has facilitated multiple 'Souls to the Polls' Voter Drives, in partnership with the Cincinnati NAACP and other local grassroots and community organizations. 


Terence resides in Pleasant Ridge. He has 3 children; Terence II, Javen, and Laila Gragston. Terence Gragston is a political outsider who has the spirit to serve again the people the of Cincinnati.


Please vote on November 2, 2021 for Terence Allen Gragston. 

Proven Leadership Experience

Owner of Veterans Employment Staffing Team, LLC. 

Serves as a Diversity Empowerment Council Board Member with Secretary of State Frank LaRose

Serves as a Minority Business Assistance Center Advisory Board Member for the State of Ohio

Three Year Tenure at Department of Veterans Affairs 

GS - 9 Inventory Management Specialist

Union Steward for AFGE Local 2031

11 Year United States Army Veteran (8 Active/3 Reserve)

26 Months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Detailed Recruiter

Electronic Warfare Operator

UAV Pilot/Master Trainer

Battery Counter Intelligence/Nighttime Battle NCOIC

Advanced Tactical and Technical Data Systems Specialist Section Chief


Xavier University, Bachelor's Degree, Liberal Arts (Class of 2013)

Walnut Hills High School (Class of 2000)


4 Army Commendation Medals

2 Army Achievement Medals

2 Meritorious Unit Citations

2 Army Good Conduct Medal

National Defense Service Medal 

Iraqi Campaign Medal w/ 2 Campaign Stars

NCO Professional Development Ribbon

Army Service Ribbon

2 Overseas Ribbon

Basic Recruiter Badge

Combat Action Badge

2018 Brother of the Year - Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Delta Gamma Lambda Chapter

2016 Innovative Brother of the Year - Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Delta Gamma Lambda Chapter

2012 Ford Oval of Honor Award - For 26 months of service in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom


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