Mike Mentel will make another run at political office this spring when he takes on fellow Democrat Paula Brooks in the race for a seat on the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.

Mike Mentel will make another run at political office this spring when he takes on fellow Democrat Paula Brooks in the race for a seat on the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.

Mentel, the former president of Columbus City Council who resigned in 2010, said he once again wants to use elective office to help the disadvantaged.

"I've always had a passion for working in social services, working with those who have no home or food and need employment," said Mentel, a partner in the Columbus office of law firm Isaac Wiles.

Mentel, who recently pulled nominating petitions from the Franklin County Board of Elections, would not criticize Brooks or point out specific issues about which he differs from the incumbent, who also has pulled petitions.

"I look more at it as what I can bring in terms of my record, in terms of my past service, to complement what commissioners (John) O'Grady and (Marilyn) Brown are doing," he said.

Mentel, 53, of the Northwest Side, served on City Council -- at one time as its president -- from 1999-2010, when he resigned to spend more time with his two children, who are now in college.

"Obviously, they're at the age where I can get back in and do things for the community and do things for the county," he said.

An attorney specializing in environmental law, Mentel also served as chief counsel for the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio from 2011-13. He was hired by Isaac Wiles in 2014.

He alluded to some of the infighting among the three county commissioners -- all Democrats -- but wasn't specific in his criticisms.

"We need a commission that doesn't capitulate to each other but also does not engage in a manner of combativeness and lack of cooperation," he said.

He said he's a member of various local boards, including Homeport, which provides affordable housing for central Ohioans, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus.

Mentel said 54,000 people in Franklin County need immediate affordable housing.

"We can't be distracted by the differences that go on on a week-to-week basis," he said.

Mentel and Brooks could face Republicans Terry Boyd, who ran unsuccessfully for Columbus mayor this year, Bobby Joe Hoffman and Roger Kapes, all of whom have pulled petitions.

O'Grady, who has pulled petitions, is up for re-election in 2016. He also could face challenges. Green Party candidates seeking election include Kevin Buettner and Joshua Michael Link, both of whom have pulled petitions.

The deadline to file nominating petitions for the March 15 primary election is Dec. 16, said Ben Piscitelli, spokesman for the elections board.