Longtime Columbus, Ohio, Mayor Coleman won't seek fifth term

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 25, 2014 4:09 PM

By Jo Ingles

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman said on Tuesday he would not seek a fifth term next year as mayor of Ohio's capital and most populous city.

Coleman, 60, a Democrat first elected in 1999, was included this month in Ebony magazine's "Power 100" list of the most influential African-Americans.

"I am eternally grateful to the people of Columbus for electing me to the best job in the world," Coleman said in a statement.

Coleman has been mentioned as a possible challenger in 2016 to Ohio Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman. Asked about that at a news conference, Coleman said he was focused on finishing his term as mayor next year and on bringing the Democratic National Convention to Columbus for 2016.

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Coleman said he was not planning on going anywhere because “this is my city.”

(Reporting by Jo Ingles in Columbus; Writing by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Peter Cooney)