James Ragland Enters Race for Columbus Mayor
The race to replace outgoing Mayor Michael B. Coleman just got another contender with the news that James Ragland has officially announced his candidacy for the position. Ragland currently serves as Development Director at the Cristo Rey High School, and has previously held positions with the University District Organization, the State Central Committee for the Ohio Democratic Party, and as a Legislative Aide at Columbus City Council.
“I am running for Mayor because it is time to move Columbus from great, to greater,” said Ragland. “To accomplish this we need to focus on quality jobs for Columbus residents and improving the level of communication between our local government and the citizens of our community. Finally, we need to make a solid investment in all of our neighborhoods.”
Ragland is the fourth candidate to enter this year’s mayoral election. Others announced so far include City Council President Andrew Ginther, Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott, and former Columbus City School Board Director Terry Boyd. A primary election will take place in May, and only the top two candidates will move on to the fall election.
“I believe in visionary leadership and as we address the core needs of our city, I will promote ideas to improve our long-term transportation infrastructure,” said Ragland. “My goal is to work with the community to develop innovative ways to improve our city and attract additional revenue sources to areas of need.”
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