Buildup To The May Primary

The field of 4 will be narrowed to 2 when Columbus voters go to the polls Tuesday and cast their ballots in the race for mayor. 

The top 2 finishers in the primary will compete in the November general election and the winner will succeed Michael Coleman, the longest serving mayor in the city’s history, who is completing his 16th year in office.

Throughout the primary campaign, all 4 candidates have talked about the need for improvements in public education.

James Ragland: “Even though the mayor is not directly responsible for what happens within the school district, I think the mayor does play a real key role in stabilizing the families and sending kids to school who are equipped to learn.”

Zach Scott: “The number one thing is schools. I’m the only candidate who said if the voters want us to be able to have the schools fall under the authority of the mayor’s office, I’m the only candidate that said I’m willing to take that responsibility.”

Dr. Terry Boyd: “The Boyd administration will implement a new plan for the city of Columbus – NEW as in neighborhoods, education and work.”

Andrew Ginther: “Focusing on services and programs for kids, birth to 5 is going to be very important….Education, safety as well as jobs and the economic development….”

The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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