COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Both candidates for Columbus mayor today announced major moves to clean up City Hall.
Zach Scott and Andrew Ginther laid out plans that include stronger oversight of lobbyists.
You might now call the race for Columbus mayor the race to clean up City Hall.
Of course, this is the fallout from the on-going federal investigation of the Redflex contracts and alleged corruption in Columbus.
Sheriff Zach Scott and his Democratic opponent, City Council president Andrew Ginther, both announced plans for change.
Ginther has denied any involvement in the Redflex bribery case.
At a news conference just hours ago, Zach Scott said “the foul odor of corruption is hanging over City Hall.”
He said if elected, he will order new and strict ethics rules–including barring lobbyists and contractors from City Hall.
If he wins, Scott says city employees will be barred from accepting anything from lobbyists or contractors… And when he says “anything” – he means “anything.”
“City employees may not accept anything of value, even a cup of coffee, from a lobbyist, city contractors, people or organizations who have regulatory issues before city government, like zoning or building regulations, or people or organizations seeking, or likely to have businesses with city government,” Scott said.
Scott also announced he would appoint an ethics officer and require ethics training.
Meanwhile, Ginther touted reforms he already put in place as council president. He announced a sweeping series of reviews of everything from campaign finance disclosure to lobbyist registration to access to public records.
No question – each candidate for mayor of Columbus is now positioning himself as the one who will clean up City Hall.