CINCINNATI (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER) - Former Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory said he’s pulling petitions Tuesday to run for Cincinnati mayor.
He’s not 100% sure about a 2021 mayoral run, but he said he’s seriously considering running and wants to be in a position to do so.
Mallory, who was Cincinnati mayor from 2005 to 2013, is the son of William Mallory Sr., who was a longtime state lawmaker and the first Black to serve as Ohio House Majority Leader.
The elder Mallory died in 2013 and his memorial service was seven years ago Tuesday.
“I didn’t plan to pull petitions today,” Mallory told our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer. “As you know, my dad was committed to public service and did a lot of great things. His voice is always somewhere on one of my shoulders or the other.”
Mallory said he’s leaning toward a run because “we are at a critical time in our city’s history. And while I don’t spend much time looking back, I am thinking about the question, ‘Where do we go from here?’ Not the adversity we have gone through, but about how we recover from that adversity.”
Three sitting Cincinnati City Council members were arrested this year on federal bribery charges. Democrat Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard was arrested in February and is preparing to serve an 18-month prison sentence on a charge of honest services wire fraud. Republican Councilman Jeff Pastor was arrested Nov. 11 on federal bribery and conspiracy charges, which his attorney said Pastor will fight. Democrat P.G. Sittenfeld was arrested on federal bribery charges Nov. 21. He says he is innocent and will fight the charges.
All three cases involve alleged pay-to-play schemes.
Prior to his arrest Sittenfeld had announced a mayoral run. And the day after his arrest he reiterated that he would run. But he hasn’t turned in petitions and some supporters have announced runs of their own in the wake of his arrest.
Over the summer and fall, Councilman David Mann, community activist Kelli Prather and retired Cincinnati firefighter Raffel Prophett announced runs.
State Sen. Cecil Thomas announced he’ll run, and so did Cincinnati Councilman Wendell Young. Councilman Chris Seelbach has picked up petitions and said he’s strongly considering a run.
All of the candidates are Democrats.