Democrat David Mann - a former Cincinnati mayor and congressman whose name hasn't been on the ballot since 1994 - is seriously considering a political comeback this year as a candidate for Cincinnati City Council.
"I've described myself as a recovering politician all these years; and maybe I am not,'' said Mann, with a laugh.
The 73-year-old lawyer told WVXU Wednesday that he still has "a passion for public service, which I think is a great privilege. And I think I have something to offer."
Mann said he will make a final decision "very soon."
In decades of writing column, I don’t think I have ever started one on a personal note.
But with this most interesting year coming to a close, and a new one about to begin, I will, if you will indulge me.
For me, it has been quite a year.
After 29 years, six months and two days at the Cincinnati Enquirer, writing on politics and a myriad of other subjects, I took an early retirement offer from the Enquirer in April, leaving behind working on a daily basis with good friends and opportunities to do interesting journalism too numerous to count.
Michelle Dillingham, a former aide to the late city councilman David Crowley, announced Friday she will be a candidate for Cincinnati City Council in 2013.
Dillingham, who is from Kennedy Heights, will seek the Democratic Party's endorsement in the council race.
She is currently working for a regional labor-management fund "to tackle industry issues of mutual interest" to business and labor, "such as transportation funding, family-supporting wages and workforce development," according to her campaign website, www.michelledillingham.com.