2011 Columbus, Ohio mayoral election

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Columbus mayoral election, 2011
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Candidate Michael B. Coleman Earl W. Smith
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 125,273 52,945
Percentage 69.97% 29.97%

Mayor before election

Michael B. Coleman

Elected Mayor

Michael B. Coleman

The Columbus mayoral election of 2011 was the 84th mayoral election in Columbus, Ohio. It was held on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. Democratic party incumbent mayor Michael B. Coleman defeated Republican party nominee Earl W. Smith. The scheduled primary was canceled because neither party had challengers and third party candidates failed to meet requirements. However, write-in candidate Jeffrey E. Brown was also in the field.

Coleman was re-elected to a fourth term and became the longest-serving mayor of Columbus.[1]


Michael B. Coleman[edit]

Michael B. Coleman (born November 18, 1954) is an American politician of the Democratic Party, the 52nd mayor of Columbus, Ohio. He is the first African-American mayor of Ohio's capital.

Coleman was born in Indianapolis, but moved to Toledo at an early age. After growing up in the Toledo area, Coleman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Cincinnati and a Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton School of Law. Coleman was a member of the Columbus City Council from 1992–1999, and served as president of this city council from 1997-1999. In 1998, Coleman was the running mate for gubernatorial candidate Lee Fisher. Coleman ran for and won the Columbus mayoralty in 1999 and was re-elected unopposed November 4, 2003.

In February 2005, Coleman announced that he would run for the Democratic nomination for governor of Ohio in the 2006 gubernatorial race, but subsequently dropped out of the race on November 29, 2005, citing heavy work and family obligations. In 2007, Mayor Coleman won a third term as mayor of Columbus.

Earl W. Smith[edit]

Earl W. Smith was the Republican Party candidate for Columbus Mayor. Smith has been a lifelong public servant. He is a retired Columbus Division of Police sergeant. Currently, he is the principal of E.W. Smith and Associates, a security education and consulting firm.

A 32-year police veteran, Smith held a number of high-profile positions with the Division of Police. He served as the Division’s spokesperson as the uniformed supervisor for the Public Information Unit. During his years with the Crime Prevention Unit, and later as a supervisor with the Community Liaison Section within the Strategic Response Bureau, Smith represented the Division in virtually all of Columbus’s neighborhoods and came to know many of the city’s local community leaders. Additionally, he developed and presented crime prevention and safety programs to civic organizations, neighborhood associations and business groups.[2]

Jeffrey E. Brown[edit]

Jeff Brown is a native of Findlay Ohio, who moved to Columbus in 1978 to attend the Ohio State University and majored in photography and cinema. He served 12 years as a civil servant for Columbus City Schools as a video production coordinator. Brown filed in August 2011 to run as a write-in candidate in the 2011 Columbus mayoral race,[3] but as a write-in Brown did not appear on the ballot. In the November 2011 election, write-in candidates received a combined total of less than 1 percent of the vote.

Official Results[edit]

Columbus mayoral election, 2011[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael B. Coleman 125,273 69.97
Republican Earl Smith 52,945 29.97
Write-in Write-in Votes 814 .45
Democratic hold


  1. ^ "Coleman To Serve Fourth Term As Columbus Mayor". WBNS-TV. November 8, 2011. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  2. ^ "Earl For Mayor". Campaign Website.
  3. ^ "Write-in files to run for Columbus mayor". The Columbus Dispatch. August 10, 2011.
  4. ^ "2011 General Franklin County Official Results With Overlaps And Write-Ins". Franklin County Board of Elections. Franklin County, Ohio. Archived from the original on 12 October 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014.

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