Columbus Mayoral Race 2015
November 26, 2014 1:55 pm at 1:55 pm #1052282
Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott To Run For Columbus Mayor
Posted: Nov 26, 2014 12:04 PM EST
By: Alex Mazer, Multimedia Content Producer
Franklin County Sheriff’s Zach Scott announced Wednesday that he intends to run for the Office of Mayor of Columbus in 2015.
READ MORE: http://www.nbc4i.com/story/27488658/franklin-county-sheriff-zach-scott-to-run-for-columbus-mayorNovember 26, 2014 7:58 pm at 7:58 pm #1052393
this could get ugly fast, if Zach has put down his marker, how much further out of control will this get. His feud with Comish O’Grady, his lack of political gravitas, the obvious red flags that his candidacy will cause in much of the liberal coalition, mean he is fighting above his weight.
I got a little confused when WCBE/NPR suggested Michelle Mills and Joyce Beatty are also potential candidates, they seem to represent the shallow end of the democratic pool and make Ginther seem like a rational choice.November 28, 2014 8:04 pm at 8:04 pm #1052564
Glad to see additional Democrats in the running. Ginther will never be the “logical choice.” He has flubbed everything he has touched – from CCS data scrubbing to the arena bailout debacle where the private negotiations he was involved in have backfired to the extent that not only was the public’s voted will circumvented, but that we have not made a single payment on principle or interest on the debt he incurred on taxpayers’ behalf — meaning we are paying interest on outstanding interest for an indefinate amount of time.
.December 2, 2014 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm #1052946
Jockeying starts for nonpartisan primary in 2015
By GARY SEMAN JR.
Tuesday December 2, 2014 2:56 PM
Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott is the lone candidate for Columbus mayor in 2015 — for the time being. But Democratic and Republican officials say voters could very well expect a crowded field for the next primary election, which will decide which two candidates move on to replace longtime Mayor Michael B. Coleman.
READ MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/northland/news/2014/12/01/succeeding-coleman-jockeying-starts-for-nonpartisan-primary-in-2015.htmlDecember 10, 2014 4:54 pm at 4:54 pm #1054250
Council President Ginther Enters the Race for Columbus Mayor
December 10, 2014 4:51 pm – Jesse Bethea
Columbus City Council President Andrew Ginther announced today that he is running to succeed Mayor Michael Coleman as Coleman completes his time in office. It’s long been expected that the 39-year-old Democrat intended to follow Coleman in office and Ginther’s opportunity to do so came when Coleman announced last month that he would not seek a fifth term.
READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/council-president-ginther-enters-the-race-for-columbus-mayor-jb1December 11, 2014 8:09 am at 8:09 am #1054390
Liberal here; I have no interest in voting for a corrupt candidate such as Ginther nor a Sheriff that can’t properly manage his office. Beatty doesn’t seem like a good choice either; I would consider Michelle Mills but the machine isn’t going to let her win any primary. Let’s hope the GOP can put up a viable candidate this time.December 11, 2014 9:13 am at 9:13 am #1054393
Anyway you slice it, looks like a steep drop-off from what we’re used to in terms of leadership. As much as competency in handling such a job – which is obviously rather important – I’d hope that the holder of this position possesses a vision for the city. Coleman supported some of the failed initiatives that some have referenced as being marks against Ginther. But, of course, he also had terrific success against which to balance those failures, and beyond that he has/had a vision for Columbus that is pretty damned compelling, exciting to be a part of and has worked. We need a leader as mayor, not just a competent placeholder. My concern is that we get neither.December 16, 2014 3:12 pm at 3:12 pm #1055024
County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien Says He Might Run For Mayor
December 16, 2014
by Mandie Trimble
89.7 NPR News Reporter
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says he’s received multiple calls about a potential run for the office. He says he hasn’t made a decision yet.December 17, 2014 9:48 am at 9:48 am #1055059
Coleman & Ginther press conference today, right? Heard something on 610AM as I was getting in the car. Rumored endorsement.December 17, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am #1055069December 17, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am #1055105
Andrew Ginther lands Coleman’s endorsement in mayor’s race
Dec 17, 2014, 10:35am EST
Assistant Managing Editor-Digital – Columbus Business First
One week after announcing he would run for Columbus mayor, Council President Andrew Ginther has landed the endorsement of the man he hopes to succeed.
READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2014/12/17/andrew-ginther-lands-coleman-s-endorsement-in.htmlDecember 17, 2014 4:30 pm at 4:30 pm #1055181
Andrew Ginther lands Coleman’s endorsement in mayor’s race<br>
Dec 17, 2014, 10:35am EST<br>
Assistant Managing Editor-Digital – Columbus Business First
One week after announcing he would run for Columbus mayor, Council President Andrew Ginther has landed the endorsement of the man he hopes to succeed.<br>
READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2014/12/17/andrew-ginther-lands-coleman-s-endorsement-in.html
[Yawn.] This is news? We all kind of expect the insider’s club to self-promote. It would have been news if this didn’t happen — if the Mayor’s pick for council had been rejected — or if he was accepted and then the Mayor did not endorse Mr. Ginther: we all knew there was a deal in the making.
The real news will be if Mayor Coleman doesn’t abdicate his seat early to allow the Council President to ascend to the Office of Mayor without a vote. We understand how things are done in Columbus … this is normal — write something then and surprise us. I don’t know quite what this is, but it ain’t democracy.
Good thing voters know Mr. Ginther — who has been initially appointed to both his elected positions, never won the vote count of any election he has been in (i.e., not “the peoples’ choice”) , and then failed miserably at all the big issues he has faced — and can vote accordingly. School data scandal? — he was at the center of aligning with Steve Tankovich and Gene Harris in not resolving it a decade ago. Reverse voters’ decision and make Nationwide Arena bailout that is not paying its bills and accumulating further debt for taxpayers? — his baby. School tax and then “reform” proposal, for schools he helped f*ck up? — voters hated it. Support an economy of inclusion? — Council does less than 1/2 of 1% of its contracting with female or minority owned businesses. Know the community? — after more than 10 years in city elective offices, according to the Dispatch, Ginther now has former Coleman aide/state rep. Larry Price to introduce him to the Black community … after 10 years in office. Chair a task force on Columbus’s third world infant mortality rates? — well, according to the Kirwin Institute at OSU, “Infant mortality rates are a globally accepted measure of a community’s well-being” — what have you been doing the last 10 years in community leadership, besides not listening to “the little people.” Experience as an Administrator of a large, complex organization? — Council has about 15 members of staff. Train and empower others? — no, hand-pick people for council who are not a threat to your leadership, thereby diminishing choices for community leadership.
Mayor Coleman is tarnishing his legacy by endorsing Mr. Ginther for Mayor: although he is well-positioned, he is demonstrably not ready for prime time. The voters would tarnish the city should they approve Mr. Ginther for Mayor in November: he has failed progressively and should be sent back to private life so he can’t fail us on an even larger platform.January 3, 2015 10:17 am at 10:17 am #1057587
Looks like the fix is in, no real stampede to run for the office. I suspect Ginther will cake walk, Zach Scott seems a lot like Earl Smith of elections past, not sure the R’s will run a candidate, they may get behind Scott as the compromise candidate.January 9, 2015 10:07 am at 10:07 am #1058391
Dispatch confirmed yesterday that neither Jim Hughes or Ron O’Brien will be running as a GOP candidate.January 16, 2015 4:36 am at 4:36 am #1059433
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