(Posted Feb. 4, 2020)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
A family man born and raised in London is the newest member of London city council.
On Jan. 30, London representatives of the Madison County Republican Central Committee (RCC) voted unanimously to appoint Bryan Robinson to the seat vacated last month by longtime Ward 4 representative Rex Castle. Robinson was one of two residents who expressed interest in the position. Local business owner Greg Eades was the other.
“Both were excellent candidates. We couldn’t go wrong with our choice,” said Nick Adkins, RCC chairman.
Robinson, 34, graduated from London High School in 2004 and attended Shawnee State University, where he played basketball and majored in sports management and minored in business administration. He is a senior account manager at Building Systems Transportation in London.
For the past 10 years, he has spent much of his free time helping with youth sports. He serves as a program coordinator, coach and referee for London Parks and Recreation’s youth basketball league and is a baseball referee for the London Area Baseball Council. He has been a member of the London Kiwanis since 2011.
Robinson considers his greatest accomplishments to be his roles as a husband and father. He and his wife have two boys.
“I have a stake in this community with my family, my job and my home,” he stated in his letter of interest for the council seat. “I want to do what I can to make a positive impact on my hometown. Positive things are happening in London and Madison County, and I am confident I can add value to the progression.”
Robinson credited Tammy Braskett, the city’s parks and recreation director, and his wife with encouraging him to put his hat in the ring for the council seat.
“Tammy said something about it to me, and when I talked to my wife about it, she said, ‘You love London so much, why don’t you give it a shot?’” he said. “It’s not something I had been looking for, but I thought, ‘If I get it, I will run with it full force.’”
Robinson took the oath of office on Feb. 3. His first council meeting as a council member will be Feb. 6. He will serve out the remainder of Castle’s term, which expires at the end of 2021.