A former Columbus mayor is running for the office again, almost 30 years after she left it. Democrat Nancy Ann Brown announced Thursday that she will run next year to replace the retiring Fred Armstrong. Brown says she is ready to serve during a hard economy.
“The city is facing challenges over the next two years, as are other cities in the state because of the financial changes made by the state legislatures. But I think with a good steady hand, we can guide the city through this,” said Brown.
Brown served as mayor from 1980-to-1983. Brown believes the recession-era challenges and high unemployment she dealt with in the early 80s approximate the city’s condition now. Fred Armstrong, the longest-serving Democratic mayor in Columbus’s history, is not seeking reelection after four terms in office. City Councilman and police officer Joe Richardson announced last month he’ll run in the Republican primary. Richardson could not be reached for comment.