By Dan Yount
The Cincinnati Herald
Longtime City Councilman David Mann recently announced in a letter to donors he will run for mayor of Cincinnati in 2021.
Democrat Mann, 80 and a Cincinnati lawyer, has twice served as the city mayor.
“Betsy and I have mulled over this possibility for some time, but our thinking came together rather quickly in recent weeks,” he wrote in the letter sent to the Herald. “For a lot of reasons, including the human and economic costs of the coronavirus pandemic, I think my experience and leadership qualities are particularly suited, maybe uniquely suited, to the challenges we face just now at City Hall and in the broader community.”
Mann, a Democrat and Navy veteran, has served a total of 25 years on City Council – from 1974-92 and from 2013 to the present. Mann is head of the Budget and Finance Committee, after serving several years as vice mayor. He was mayor from 1980-1982 and for a single year in 1991.
In between his two Council stints, he was elected to Congress in 1992 and acted as representative for Ohio’s 1st Congressional District. He lost the seat in 1994 to Republican Rep. Steve Chabot.
In his letter, Mann wrote that his long record of public service should function as proof of his political acuity and dedication to the city.
“I have no ambition beyond Cincinnati and I believe I have yet more to give this community,” he wrote. “I promise proven leadership to move the city forward, particularly as we navigate a post-pandemic world. Our community deserves serious options to get us back on track. More than ever, we need a plan for economic growth, which includes benefits across our community. At every step, we must make sure our recovery touches as many neighborhoods and citizens as possible. I believe I can provide this needed leadership.’
He said that as mayor he would focus on increasing community services, affordable housing and the disparities in the community/
Mann said a formal announcement would come “later.”
Mann got his start in public service when he served as a lieutenant for the United States Navy for four years. After that, he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and currently practices law with his son at their firm, Mann & Mann.
Mayor John Cranley, who is term limited, leaves office in 2021.
P.G. Sittenfeld, a fellow councilman and Democrat, is raising campaign funds for the “Sittenfeld for Cincinnati” committee. He will be term limited off of council in 2021.