At 3:51 am today the dispatch released this “enthusiastic endorsement” of Mayor Michael B. Coleman…

After nearly eight years of steady leadership, Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman earns the enthusiastic endorsement of The Dispatch for another four-year term.

Under his watch, the city not only has lived within its means and retained its AAA bond rating, despite a less-than-robust economy, but also has made substantial gains in development and quality of life.

In a third Coleman term, Columbus can look forward to a blooming of Downtown as a result of his efforts to boost residential development, redevelop City Center, push plans for Scioto riverfront improvement and reinvent landmarks including the former Lazarus building. Coleman’s excellent working relationship with the area business community helps to propel these efforts.

The bond package he has proposed for 2008, which will include features and priorities set with public input, should yield many additional improvements centered on the city’s bicentennial in 2012.

Coleman, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Bill Todd, who has run a desperate, reckless and sometimes tasteless campaign.

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