CINCINNATI - Confirming months of speculation in political circles, ex-Cincinnati City Councilman John Cranley announced Wednesday he is running for mayor in 2013.
Cranley, a West Side native who served on City Council from 2001-09, announced his candidacy on his new website.
"I will bring fresh energy and new ideas to the mayor's office," Cranley said in a prepared statement.
"I will listen to voices from every neighborhood and together we will jumpstart our economy and build a Cincinnati that is greater than the one I grew up in and stronger than the city we live in today," he added.
Cranley, 38, is a graduate of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, as well as John Carroll University and Harvard's schools of Law and Divinity.
Also, he is a co-founder of the Ohio Innocence Project at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Using DNA technology, the group exonerated three innocent men who were on Death Row.
Additionally, Cranley is one of the developers of the Incline Village project in East Price Hill.
Cranley currently works as a lawyer at the Keating, Muething & Klekamp law firm in downtown Cincinnati.
Facing term limits, Cranley resigned from City Council in early 2009. Also, he ran unsuccessfully for Ohio's 1 st Congressional District seat against Republican incumbent Steve Chabot in 2000 and 2006.
Former mayor and congressman Charlie Luken will serve as honorary chairman of Cranley's campaign.
Current Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory cannot run again in 2013 due to term limits. Cranley likely will face current Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls – and perhaps others – in the race.
Under Cincinnati's form of government, a nonpartisan primary is held in September if there are more than two candidates. The two top vote-getters then go head-to-head in the general election.Both Cranley and Qualls are Democrats.
Two Democrats, Mallory and David Pepper, faced off in the 2005 election.