Vote David Mann Tomorrow
For forty years, David Mann has been working to serve Cincinnati, as Councilman, Mayor, and Congressman. Vote for him tomorrow to return experience, responsibility and common sense to Cincinnati City Council.
David's Closing Argument - Reflections on the Campaign 2013
As I head for the finish line of my first campaign in a long time, I have been inspired by the love and affection that Cincinnatians hold for their hometown. The level of civic engagement that I have seen this year – not just in traditional politics per se, but in working to make this community a better place to live – has been extraordinary. As has always been true for me, a campaign is an important dialogue between candidates and citizens. It is an opportunity to draw on the inherent wisdom of residents who care about their community and its future. Many of my best public policy ideas have come from ordinary people who have extraordinary and creative solutions for our challenges. I vow if elected that I will be as good a Councilmember as the citizens whom I have met and interacted with this year.
Our people believe that our great city can be even better, which I also deeply believe, or I would not be running. Citizens do not always believe that their voices have been heard regarding tangible changes and improvements at City Hall. They do not understand spending money that we do not have or the sale of income producing, city-owned assets to private companies. Many of them – the majority of those with whom I have met – do not believe that our public officials have been transparent about the budget or the parking deal this year, and it concerns them deeply. They want a better balance between downtown and the neighborhoods, with more focus on the neighborhoods. I have also heard from many people who do not want the future of this city to be defined by two issues alone. Residents of this great city want the violence on our streets and the drug deals taking place throughout the city to end. They want us to do a better job of creating employment opportunities for our young people. They want the school system to prepare youth for those jobs. They want a vibrant, growing city, one that is a good place to live, to work, and to raise a family.
Most importantly, our citizens hunger for a caring community with a strong collective fabric, led by a City Council that openly and honestly confronts the challenges of our complicated urban environment. Everyone should be safe and secure with a pathway to self-esteem and self-sufficiency. We can settle for nothing less. When I am elected, creating that city will be my goal every single day.
This city has been a wonderful place for me to live and to raise my family, and that is what I want for my three children and five grandchildren who live here, and indeed every other person and family who calls Cincinnati home.
The Cincinnati Enquirer Endorses David Mann
Today, the Cincinnati Enquirer endorsed David Mann's candidacy for City Council. Mann said he was "very humbled to have the endorsement of the Cincinnati Enquirer this morning and appreciate their support of my candidacy very much. I am proud that they highlighted my desire to serve this community - which is what I have dedicated my life to - and my efforts to promote much-needed civility in our public discourse, across partisan and ideological lines. I will do the same for the next four years on Cincinnati City Council."
To read the endorsement, please click here.
David Mann Calls for Delay on Parking Deal Until After the Election
After reading the latest article in the Enquirer that the Port Authority has decided to once again move forward on the parking deal only 17 days before an election where it is one of the major issues before the public, I sent the followingletter to the Enquirer:
"I have never seen such a curious train of events on the local scene. It is only seventeen days before an election in which the parking deal is a major issue, not just in the mayor's race but across the board in the council races. A majority of the current council claims to oppose the parking deal - in fact, only two members of the current Council running for re-election now are willing to say publicly that they support the deal. At the very least, the new council elected next month should have the opportunity to consider the deal, which has changed since it was first voted upon.
Despite all of this, a quasi-public authority that claims to respond to the city's direction goes ahead and cements the privatization of the meters and garages. The timing of this decision is very disrespectful of the role of council and the role of the voting public. It undermines the credibility of the Port Authority and, I believe, harms city-Port relations as we go forward. This is most unfortunate."
Cincinnati Enquirer: Meet David Mann
Having spent 18 years on council from 1974 to 1992, Mann says there are eight good reasons why he’s running again: his three children and five grandchildren, all of whom live in the city. He says his passion for public service came from his late father, a civic leader whose many activities included being mayor of Lakeside Park. Mann says he’s running to restore financial sustainability to the city. He opposes balancing the budget by selling valuable city assets and using one-time resources, such as the monetary settlement that came with releasing Convergys from its promise to keep jobs Downtown. To read more, please click here.
David and Betsy's 50th Anniversary Celebration
David and his wife Betsy had a wonderful party to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. They wore the same outfits they were married in 50 years ago, her wedding gown and his naval uniform - complete with the sword. It was a beautiful Cincinnati evening, with great food prepared by their son Marshall, singing and dancing, and a packed crowd in their home. David and Betsy wish to thank all who joined and who made this possible. Here's to fifty more. To see the photos, please click here.
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