Heidi Samuel, past president of the Eastmoor Civic Association and Blockwatch (ECA&B) and current Chair of the ECA&B Economic Development committee is a proven leader for neighborhood issue advocacy. She has an established record of leading efforts to improve code enforcement and safety, address critical issues of neighborhood infrastructure and work cooperatively with the City of Columbus and neighboring cities to build a long range plan for redevelopment of some of the city’s most important corridors. Issues she intends to advance as a member of council.
“While community activists are often forced to take a confrontational posture to encourage government action, I have been able to draw on my experience in the executive levels of government and transportation planning to work in coordination with city departments to bring lasting change,” Samuel said. Working cooperatively with city departments, the courts and other neighborhood organizations, Heidi has provided critical neighborhood leadership in efforts to:
- Shutter the drug and prostitute infested Motel One on E. Main St., (on Columbus’ section of the historic National Road);
- Bring closure actions against the neighborhood eyesore and crime-haven, Club XXX-tacy; successfully resulting in a precedent-setting use of public nuisance laws allowing them to be expanded citywide;
- Expand the scope of the Bliss Run Watershed project to bring real resolution to neighborhood flooding issues; and
- Create an economic development overlay for the Main & Broad Street corridors – the vital economic arteries of eastside Columbus’.
- In 1996, as the special assistant to the Chief of Staff for the Ohio Department of Transportation, led the initial working group that designed the nationally-renowned I-670 cap, a critical economic development link between Downtown and the Short North.
Samuel graduated from The Ohio State University and lives on the eastside with her husband of 12 years and their two young children. She worked and attended high school in Kobe, Japan and also worked in Beijing, China. Having lived her formative years in Asia and on the east and west coasts, Heidi chose to put down family roots in Columbus. She worked in the Office of former Governor George V. Voinovich and as an assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Ohio Department of Transportation. As an entrepreneur, she operated a successful event planning and coordination business serving the health care information industry and also held an Ohio insurance license operating her own independent multi-line insurance agency. She has been an active volunteer for education and non-profit entities, and served as a member of the parents’ board for an accredited non-profit private pre-school.
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W.L. Curlis, Treasurer,
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