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Associated Press

COLUMBUS — Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman has defeated a former police sergeant to win his fourth term.

That paves the way for the Democrat to become the city’s longest continuously serving mayor. Coleman would earn that distinction if he serves out his full term in Ohio’s largest city, and he has said he will.

He defeated Republican political newcomer Earl Smith on Tuesday.

The 56-year-old Coleman is a former city councilman who easily won his second and third terms as mayor in 2003 and 2007.

Coleman has said the city is well-positioned for greater success but must address the problem of vacant and abandoned housing and do more to improve neighborhood safety.

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