Candidates for City Council plenty
By Michael Edwards
Five Columbus City Council seats are up for grabs, the most since 1995.
A seven–member entity, city council is the city’s legislative and
policy-making body. Council is charged with providing overall leadership for
the city by enacting laws and allocating city resources for programs, services,
and activities. Council members are elected as at-large community representatives
for the city and serve for a term of four years. In the November 6 general election,
the four top vote getters for council will earn a four-year term.
Currently, democrats fill all positions and are running as
team with Mayor Michael B. Coleman, a democrat.
In a head-to-head race, Incumbent Priscilla Tyson and Heidi
Samuel are vying to fill a two-year seat that was vacated.
The other four council seats will go to the top four vote-getting
Tyson was appointed in 2005 to serve the last two years of
a term vacated in 2005 by Mary Jo Hudson, who resigned to serve
as director for the Ohio Department of Insurance.
Tyson is a member of Columbus City Council’s Creative
Columbus Policy Steering Committee, which is reviewing a comprehensive
and strategic policy that grows and strengthens the city’s
and region’s vital arts communities.
Priscilla Tyson, an experienced business executive within
the Columbus area for more than 29 years, has held roles as
Vice President of Community Relations at Ohio Health, and Vice
President of Community Relations at National City Bank. Tyson
is President of Star Arts Gallery Limited. She has also served
on the boards of Phoenix Theatre Circle, National Black Programming
Consortium, Opera Columbus and the Community Shelter Board.
As chair of Columbus City Council’s Recreation
and Parks Committee, Tyson has sponsored legislation to enhance
signs on over 50 miles of bike trails throughout the city as
well as increased security initiatives at city recreation centers.
Tyson is currently pursuing funding to restore programs and
park hours that have been cut in recent years.
Heidi Samuel, Tyson’s challenger, a republican, served
as the special assistant to the Chief of Staff for the Ohio
Department of Transportation. She led the initial working
group that designed the I-670 cap that serves as a link between
Downtown and the Short North.
"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," said
As a member of the ECA&B, Samuel has overseen the closing of Motel One on
E. Main St. as well Club XXX-tacy by use of precedent–setting public nuisance
The polls open at 6:30 a.m. on November 6.
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