Now that Democrat David Mann is a declared candidate for Cincinnati City Council, he has stepped down as co-convener of Beyond Civility, a project aimed at promoting more civil discourse and understanding among people of different political views.
Mann will be replaced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black, who was appointed to the federal bench in 2010 by President Obama.
Black joins U.S. District Court Judge Sandra Beckwith, who was appointed to the federal bench in 1992 by President George H.W. Bush, as co-convener of the organization.
Mann - a former councilman, mayor and congressman - officially declared his candidacy for council Tuesday. He served on council from 1974 until 1992; and served as mayor in 1981, 1982 and 1991.
Cincinnati Public Radio is a media partner of the Beyond Civility project.