1Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman at The City Club of Cleveland
CLEVELAND, OH—Michael Coleman, serving his second term as mayor of Columbus, will speak about his run for the Democratic nomination for Ohio governor at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005, at The City Club of Cleveland.
Coleman, 51, began his career in public office in 1992, when he was appointed to the Columbus City Council. He served as City Council president from 1997 until his election to mayor in 1999.
Coleman has made public safety and reinvigorating the city’s established neighborhoods priorities during his tenure in office. Working with business and community leaders, he is developing new housing in the city’s downtown and growing neighborhoods. His Columbus Urban Growth Corporation, a partner in driving public-private development, has attracted new business to locate in economically challenged areas of the city.
Coleman is committed to education. He is constructing new public school facilities, he led the collaboration of Ohio State University and downtown landowners to redevelop a closed store into a mixed educational and residential complex, and he started Cap City Kids, which provides children after-school recreational and educational opportunities.
Coleman was raised in Toledo and graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1977. He earned his law degree from the University of Dayton Law School in 1980.
The City Club has invited the major possible candidates for Ohio governor to speak. Treasurer Kenneth Blackwell, Brian Flannery, State Auditor Betty Montgomery, Attorney General Jim Petro, Jerry Springer, and Congressman Ted Strickland have already spoken.
Tickets for this City Club Special Forum are $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Lunch is included. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance of the event. They can be purchased by calling The City Club at 216.621.0082 or visiting the website at www.cityclub.org.