Don Kline will take another shot at public office when he runs for Columbus city attorney on the Republican ticket.

Don Kline will take another shot at public office when he runs for Columbus city attorney on the Republican ticket.

Kline, who ran an unsuccessful bid for Franklin County common-pleas judge this fall, seeks to succeed Richard C. Pfeiffer Jr., the Democratic incumbent who chose not to seek election in 2017.

Kline and Zach Klein, president of Columbus City Council and the endorsed Democrat to succeed Pfeiffer, will run in the primary election May 2. No other candidate has emerged.

Klein, 37, lost to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien, a Republican, in the general election.

Kline, 41, who lives in northwest Columbus, has been in private practice for 12 years, representing a broad range of clients, he said.

"I've always wanted to get into public service," he said.

He said he helps victims of human trafficking through the Franklin County CATCH Court -- or Changing Actions To Change Habits, a court for women charged with prostitution that puts them through a rehabilitative probation and treatment program -- and is working with Municipal Judge Paul Herbert to expand the program to juvenile court.

He said his campaign to succeed incumbent Judge Richard Frye in the November election was inspiring.

"It was a great opportunity to connect with the people and hear their concerns and getting to know them," Kline said.

Last week, Kline was endorsed by the Franklin County Republican Party Central Committee.

Doug Preisse, executive director of the county GOP, said Kline's varied experience makes him well-suited for the role of city attorney.

"He's got deep experience in all the courts, he's a capable lawyer and he's now got some notches on his belt running for office," Preisse said.

"We have hopes he'll be running an aggressive, effective campaign."

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