Heidi Samuel Announces
Candidacy for Columbus City Council
Neighborhood activist and mother will bring unique insight and perspective to Council
Columbus, Ohio – Upon official candidate certification from the Franklin County Board of Elections, Heidi Samuel officially announces her candidacy for Columbus City Council. Bringing together years of community activism, past government and small business experience and motherhood, Heidi will be a unique and dynamic future member of Columbus City Council.
“While community activists are often forced to take a confrontational posture to encourage government action, I have drawn 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.
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. These are issues she intends to advance as a member of council.
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 Columbus’ eastside.
In 1996, as the special assistant to the Chief of Staff for the Ohio Department of Transportation, Heidi led the initial working group that designed the nationally-renowned I-670 cap, a critical economic development link between Downtown and the Short North.
Heidi graduated from The Ohio State University and lives on the eastside with her husband and their two young children. As an entrepreneur, she operated a successful event planning and coordination business serving the health care information industry. Heidi is 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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