- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ex-Gov. Ted Strickland and 40 other current and former Democratic elected officials are endorsing former city council president Andrew Ginther for Columbus mayor.

Strickland joined an endorsement event Wednesday.

Ginther seeks the office currently held by Michael B. Coleman, who announced in November that he won’t seek re-election to a fifth term this fall. Other announced candidates to replace Coleman are former Columbus school board president Terry Boyd, the endorsed Republican; Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott, and James Ragland, a former Democratic central committeeman.

Supporters said Ginther has the knowledge and experience to lead Ohio’s capital city.

The popular Coleman ends a 15-year run as mayor in December. He has said he’s making the city’s bid for the 2016 Democratic National Convention a priority.

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