Cincinnati City Councilman David Mann Announces His Candidacy for Mayor

In a letter to potential donors, Mann wrote: "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.”

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Cincinnati City Council member David Mann announced Tuesday in a letter to potential donors his intent to run for Mayor in 2021.

Mann has served on city council for more than 20 years, including three years as mayor. He has also served two years as Ohio’s 1st Congressional District representative for the 103rd Congress.

“Betsy and I have mulled over this possibility for some time, but our thinking came together rather quickly in recent weeks,” Mann wrote. “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 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. 

A Democrat, Mann has served on the City Council from 1974 to 1992 and from 2013 to the present and was mayor from 1980 to 1982 and in 1991. In 1992, he was elected to Congress where he acted as representative for Ohio’s 1st Congressional District until 1994.

“I have no ambition beyond Cincinnati and I believe I have yet more to give this community. I promise proven leadership to move the city forward, particularly as we navigate a post-pandemic world,” he wrote.

Mann concluded his letter by encouraging donors to donate to his campaign website mannforcincinnati.com.


Yes, I am a candidate for Mayor of Cincinnati at the 2021 election! Here is the letter I just sent out to a number of my friends. Please share with anyone you think might be interested.

Posted by David Mann on Tuesday, May 26, 2020


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