“This morning, I humbly ask for your support as I officially announce and seek a third term as mayor of the City of Columbus. As mayor, I did not move this city forward by myself and I must say, we, in many ways have only just begun to realize the potential that our city has to offer.” Before taking the Mayor’s seat, Smith was an educator and coach. He was elected as Ward 1 Councilman in 2001 and served as vice-mayor before taking then-Mayor Jeffrey Rupp’s job when he left mid-term to run for secretary of state.
Qualifying will begin Jan. 2 for candidates planning to run for city council or mayor. The last date to qualify is March 8 at 5 p.m. The primary election will be Tuesday, May 7. The general election will be June 4 and elected officials will be sworn in on July 1.0