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Mayor Coleman Will Not Seek a Fifth Term

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  • #1052198
    lazyfish
    lazyfish
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    Many local Dems in the statehouse will probably look at jumping out of the permanent minority and running, I think Kevin Boyce , Charleta Tavares and Tracy Heard are three possibilities.

    Given the political winds, I think there will be several challengers to Ginther, there are numerous women who will look at the historical possibility of being the first female mayor of the city. Mary Jo Hudson, Priscilla Tyson, Mary Jo Kilroy, and Mary Ellen O’Shaughnessy.

    There is also an outside chance that a strong third party green/libertarian candidate could actually come out of the primary in second and push the R’s out of the general.

    #1052208

    NEOBuckeye
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    [quote=1052196]I’m a little sad, and more than a little nervous about this. I think the mayor has been outstanding at this job and has done great, great things for Columbus proper.

    We are (almost) officially on the map because of his vision.
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    Ditto.

    Mike Coleman’s Columbus is the only one I have really known. My first exposure to this city came when he first took office 14 years ago. It wasn’t long before I was hooked on the energy and positive things I saw going on in this city, and that’s what brought me here to live in 2007.

    I hate to see him move on, but honestly, no one should be mayor for life. How long is too long to stay? My native Akron has that problem. Plusquellic has been mayor there for 30 years–longer than most members of the Millennial generation have been alive. After awhile, you run out of fresh ideas and things just become stale. Hopefully he will take a cue from his friend Coleman and also hang it up next year.

    Coleman is leaving on top, and the city of Columbus–and Central Ohio–is better off for his tenure as mayor. The next mayor has big shoes to fill. He or she had better be ready for the role, because the bar has been set very high.

    IMHO, don’t look for a good Democratic candidate or a Republican candidate, or a Green or Libertarian. Look for a good solid candidate, period. Someone with vision who can work with all groups and interests in the city. That must come before political party ideology. Put ideology and party loyalty first, and I promise you will rapidly lose sight of what made Columbus what it has become under Mike Coleman.

    #1052213
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    [quote=1052208]IMHO, don’t look for a good Democratic candidate or a Republican candidate, or a Green or Libertarian. Look for a good solid candidate, period. Someone with vision who can work with all groups and interests in the city. That must come before political party ideology. Put ideology and party loyalty first, and I promise you will rapidly lose sight of what made Columbus what it has become under Mike Coleman.[/quote]

    Well said.

    #1052234
    ColumbusHearsAWho
    ColumbusHearsAWho
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    I agree that he has shown great leadership. I am uncomfortable about how much time and energy people in Columbus spend getting themselves “on the map.” National identity and attention is less important to me than having a functioning, fair, safe, enjoyable place to live. Our constant struggle for people to notice or pay attention to what makes us great feels so desperate.

    #1052263

    News
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    FROM HERE: http://wcbe.org/post/coleman-will-not-run-again-speculation-begins-mayoral-possibilities

    His decision sets up a potential contest between Democratic Columbus City Council president Andy Ginther and one of his former colleagues on the Columbus school board, Republican Terry Boyd. Ginther has long been positioning himself to succeed Coleman. Boyd is a professor and vice president at Franklin University. Three other Democrats – Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, City Council member Michelle Mills and Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott – are also considered to be potential candidates.

    #1052411

    Pablo
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    So, will the new city office building be named the Coleman Government Center? I wouldn’t object.

    #1052455

    News
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    #1052512

    Analogue Kid
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    Not a fan of Ginther, Scott, or Beatty, Mills might be OK.

    #1052513
    lazyfish
    lazyfish
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    think Charleta Tavares

    #1052718

    Mike Brown
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    Columbus is a home rule, Charter, city. So state rules don’t apply on residency. I’ll insert more in another comment.

    #1052721

    Mike Brown
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    Some great comments on our fair city’s next mayor. I agree it will be the most dramatic local election in many years, and folks know how I feel about Mayor Coleman and the legacy he’s helped build.

    Because the City of Columbus has a charter under home rule, it sets its own timeline for residency requirements. I’m not an elections expert, but as I understand it, to run a candidate must be a qualified elector of the city of Columbus. That means they must be properly registered in the city of Columbus, eligible to vote for the office in question, and have been registered for 30 days prior to pulling petitions.

    So, this may mean a tiny window for someone to move, register, wait and still file. A candidate needs 1,000 valid signatures to run for mayor or council file by February 4, 2015. Obviously such a move would be seen as entirely political, but that’s politics.

    A few nuggets. (thank you BC)

    Under Columbus’ system, elected officials are nominated in a non-partisan primary election. So, it is a “horse race” in which many people can run. You multiply the number of open seats (mayor/council, etc.) by 2 and that’s how many people “move on” after the primary to the general. For example, if 5 people file for mayor, the 2 candidates with the most primary votes move on to the general election.

    For Council, that would be top 8 vote-getters for the field race and top 2 for the head-to-head race. There are five seats up in 2015 for Council, but one is to fill a mid-term vacancy, and must be run as a head to head election.

    Needless to say, the Mayor’s Office and Council will bring out many candidates and spur a lot of dialogue about where this City goes next.

    #1053000

    NDaEast
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    My vote for a replacement would be ABG (Anybody But Ginther). I just don’t believe you reward somebody for longevity who has a track record of bad judgment and major errors against the public, and I don’t believe the general public is all that hot on him in any case: he was initially appointed to both elected offices he has held (member of school board and member of council), and despite his tenure he has never been the leading vote-getter in an election (most recently, first year council member Michelle Mills got more votes in 2011).

    Then when you look at the track record you see: on the school board and approved of policy governance model that abdicated board accountability/responsibility, chaired the school board’s Audit and Accountability Committee which had oversight over the data scrubbing allegations back in 2004-05, but took actions to undermine the investigation at that time by firing the Internal Auditor who was set to begin investigating and then never ensured the Board-approved audit of enrollment data was completed as his position would have demanded. Despite a whistle-blower making a direct plea to him that the people need to know about this (data manipulation) before the 2005 bond levy (which was sold on performance improvements), he did not say a word.

    Was council’s “negotiator” in the arena bailout deal — meeting privately with the business interests after a failed voted arena bond issue and put together a casino tax-funded deal that has never made a payment of principle or interest on the public debt — meaning the public debt is growing larger every year as we owe interest on the outstanding interest in addition to the outstanding principle debt.

    Sponsored and supported school Issues 50 and 51, which were doomed to fail in large part because of his incompetence during his tenure on the school board a decade earlier. With Issue 50 was so tone deaf that he promoted a 24% property tax hike for a school system that had completely lost the confidence of the electorate and that despite spending $3.8M on the tax hike campaign, lost in a landslide at the polls. The voters also rejected Issue 51 in a landslide, which would have put him back in control of a school auditor – a job he failed miserably at the first time around.

    Then, there was the Zoo levy — another attempt to extract more money from property owners in Columbus and Franklin County that failed in yet another landslide at the polls. Just so out of touch with everyday Columbus resident needs and desires…

    Under his leadership, council has gotten more insular, unaccountable, and controlled as he has funded the political campaigns of he people he has appointed, and cut down on opportunities for public input at council meetings and through the elimination of public access TV.

    I think he has shown time and time again that his instincts are wrong on the big issues, and that the approval of the community’s social, business, and political elite is more important to him than supporting the well-being of everyday Columbus residents. I think a reign of King Andrew would be bad for Columbus, and I think when voters look at his track record, they will agree that incompetence should not be rewarded and support the notion that political accountability is important — it is the most important reason we hold elections.

    #1053002

    Pablo
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    ^Hear hear

    #1053109

    howatzer
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    Yup. If anything, I’d want a mayor that’s somewhat antagonistic towards, or at least skeptical of, city council.

    #1053120
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    [quote=1053109]Yup. If anything, I’d want a mayor that’s somewhat antagonistic towards, or at least skeptical of, city council.[/quote]

    What would antagonism bring to the table?

    Columbus as a whole seems to be faring pretty well with a long-term cooperative relationship between Council and the Mayor’s Office, right?

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