Mayor Michael Coleman announced Tuesday that he will seek a fourth term, a feat matched by only one other Columbus mayor.

Mayor Michael Coleman announced Tuesday that he will seek a fourth term, a feat matched by only one other Columbus mayor.

"He would welcome a challenger," spokesman Dan Williamson said. "The more qualified candidates, the better for the voters. Competition is a good thing.

"The mayor does feel that under his leadership Columbus has come a long way," Williamson added. "If you're mayor of a city, you're going to have unfinished business. That's what keeps it from being boring - you never complete the job."

A former member of Columbus City Council, Coleman was first elected mayor in 1999. He won re-election against a write-in candidate in 2003, then trounced Republican challenger Bill Todd in 2007.

The election will be held in November 2011. It's unclear whether Coleman will face a challenger.