Two new commissioners are introduced in Westland

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By Hannah Poling
Staff Writer

The two newly-elected commissioners were introduced at the Nov. 18 Westland Area Commission meeting.

Brian Largan-Lyman grew up in the Westland area. He was a 2001 graduate of Westland High school and attended Columbus State Community College and Franklin University.

Largan-Lyman is employed as a computer technician with the South-Western City Schools District. Prior to this, he was employed as an operation supervisor at 2020 Census, a nuclear pharmacy supervisor with Cardinal Health, a master data analyst and regional environmental health and safety coach and as a flight attendant. Through employment at 2020 Census, he obtained experience working with the community.

Largan-Lyman has lived in Galloway for the past three years with his husband and three dogs.

“I want to develop a bit of visibility to what is coming within the community and to be able to help advise and see the changes that we want to see in the community,” said Largan-Lyman. “I want to be able to give back to a community which gave me so much. “

Cathy Cowan Becker became interested in the commission by her sustainability volunteer work. She has led the Ready For 100 campaign in Columbus for four years. This campaign is to get cities to commit to 100 percent renewable energy.

She has a dual masters degree in public policy and environmental natural resources from Ohio State. She was taught on all aspects of sustainability, water, energy, renewable energy, efficiency, food, transportation and city planning.

“I feel like the area commissions are on the front lines of that,” she said. “It’s where the rubber meets the road in terms of seeing this work in a very concrete level with the city.”

Cowan Becker is also on the Sustainable Columbus External Advisory Group and the Grove City Sustainability Committee. Cowan Becker is the elected representative for Forward 70 Franklin County Democratic Central Committee.

Both elected commissioners will begin their terms starting in January.

In other news, the December Westland Area Commission meeting has been canceled. The commissioners will resume meeting on Jan. 20, 2021.

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