Sources within the Ohio Democratic Party say Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory's name is on the short list for a possible appointment that would involve Mallory leaving local government for a return to state politics.
Mallory is among the Democrats being considered to replace Ohio Treasurer Richard Cordray if Cordray is elected as state attorney general in November, sources said. Cordray is seeking the latter office after Marc Dann resigned following a sex scandal earlier this year.
Top Ohio Democratic leaders would prefer that an African American fill the treasurer’s spot to give the party more diversity at the state level, according to sources. Besides Mallory, another possible replacement that’s being mulled is Columbus City Councilman Kevin Boyce.
CityBeat asked Mallory today about whether he’d been approached about the appointment and, if so, if he’d consider the offer. The mayor declined comment.
Mallory was elected mayor in 2005 after he left the Ohio Senate due to term limits.
Mallory served at the statehouse for nearly 11 years. He was elected to the first of two terms in the Ohio House in 1994, replacing his father — William Mallory Sr. — who retired after three decades in the legislature. In 1998 the younger Mallory was elected to the Ohio Senate.
Mallory is eligible to run for a second mayoral term in 2009. If he were to leave City Hall for a return to Columbus, it would throw that race wide open.
Some names mentioned by political observers and Democratic Party insiders as possible mayoral candidates in Mallory’s absence include John Cranley and David Crowley, both Democratic city councilmen who are facing term limits, the latter of whom would become the incumbent mayor if Mallory left; Roxanne Qualls, a Charterite city councilwoman who served as mayor in the 1990s, when the office held less power; and Hamilton County Coroner O’Dell Owens, a Democrat who’s been outspoken on public safety and crime issues.
None of the politicians so far have expressed interest in seeking the mayor's office next year.
— Kevin Osborne