Democrat David Mann is officially running for Cincinnati mayor in 2021, the long-time politician told supporters in a letter late last week.
The city councilman referenced his experience as being critical to helping Cincinnati bounce back after the coronavirus pandemic. The city faces an eye-popping $90 million budget deficit in the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1.
Mann, who served terms as mayor in the early 1980s and then again in the early 1990s, confirmed the letter to The Enquirer. “The letter speaks for itself,” the Clifton resident said. “It’s exciting. Game on.”
Mann, 80, is officially the only candidate in the race, although his fellow Democrat and Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld also plans to vie to be John Cranley’s successor. Cranley will be termed-limited at the end of next year.
Sittenfeld has already raised more than $615,000, and doesn’t necessarily have to rush to officially launch his campaign.
Mann, a former one-term Congressman, has chaired city council’s budget and finance committee since his final council term began in January 2018.
“I promise proven leadership to move the city forward, particularly as we navigate a post-pandemic world,” Mann wrote in the letter. “Our community deserves serious options to get us back on track.”
For months, Mann had been considering jumping into the mayor’s race. He consulted his wife, Betsy, and several political leaders and donors, including long-time friend and former Cincinnati Mayor Jerry Springer.
“I would support David Mann for whatever he ran for because there’s no conceivable way David Mann would make an irrational decision,” Springer told The Enquirer’s That’s So Cincinnati podcast last month. “He is like if you ran to your father for advice. Add to his demeanor and his rationality, his intelligence and knowledge and, you know, that’s pretty tough to beat.”
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