Morison seeks return to office

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Former two-term Bexley City Council member Jed Morison has decided to run for one of four council seats on the November ballot.

Jed Morison

Morison was first elected in 1997 and re-elected in 2001, before being edged out in a four-way race for three seats in 2005. During his eight years in office, he never missed a regular council meeting.

The candidate said he wants to again bring to the city his experience in administration, finance and employment, gained through his position as superintendent of the Franklin County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

Following his election loss, Morison has remained active in city issues, as a member of the Jeffrey Mansion Commission and the police advisory board advocating for a new police station.

During his tenure on council, Morison served as chairman of the finance and safety committees and was council president for two years.

He initiated and passed Bexley’s clean-air ordinance, banning indoor smoking in businesses and restaurants. He secured $220,000 in Homeland Security funds for radios for the police department, and started the Billy Biker program to encourage kids to wear helmets.

He has coordinated a youth basketball program for 20 years, and is a former chairman of the Ohio Special Olympics.

"I tried hard to listen" and to support the ideas of residents and fellow council members, Morison said.

He believes that his experience will also help in the transition as Mayor David Madison and other key administrators leave office at the end of the year.

Incumbent council members Jeff McClelland, Mark Masser will be running for re-election, and Hanz Wasserburger, appointed this year, will seek a full term. Two-term Councilman John Rohyans has announced that he will not run for a third term.

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