Why David Mann Continues In Public Service After Three of His Council Colleagues Have Been Indicted for Public Corruption…
In a response to a question about the new United States Constitution, Benjamin Franklin said we have “a republic if we can keep it!” Nearly 100 years ago (1924 to be exact), in response to the shenanigans of Boss Cox and others, Cincinnatians adopted major charter reform. It gave us a city manager as chief executive, a nonpartisan ballot and a small council elected at large.
The essential assumption of the new charter was and remains that the members of council are honest and committed only to serving and providing for the safety and well-being of the people of the city. I cannot figure where we went wrong.
When I first joined council, Ted Berry was Mayor and the Council included Charlie Taft and Bobbie Sterne. Over the years, I had the privilege to serve with councilmembers Guy Guckenberger, Marian Spencer, Peter Strauss, Charlie Luken, Tyrone Yates, Arn Bortz, Roxanne Qualls and many others. I never doubted the commitment and integrity with which they served.
Just now, we have hit a rough patch. We are looking at lots of possible change and will reduce the opportunities for bad actors. Unfortunately, no matter the safeguards we may adopt, a public official willing to trade votes for money will always be able to do damage before he or she is found out.
I continue to count public service as a high calling on which our city and our republic remain dependent. So, I have no choice but to recommit myself to our city and move past this horrible chapter. There is just too much work left to do. The proof will be in our actions, not our words.
But I mean for us to keep our part of the republic.
– David Mann
David Mann for Cincinnati Mayor
I have served this community as councilman, mayor, member of congress and, most recently, as vice mayor and chair of the budget and finance committee. In this most challenging time of unrest and the coronavirus, experience and wisdom count more than ever before. Humbly, I believe that my years of public service have prepared me to be mayor in this particularly challenging moment. I ask for your help on this journey.
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