Voters Guide: London City Council-at-Large

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Four candidates are running for three at-large seats on the London City Council.

William H. Beathard

245 E. High St., London

Occupation: Owner/insurance agent, Dwyer Insurance Agency

Previous experience in public office: Council at large, January 2004 to present. President pro-tem January 2006 – December 2007. Board of directors, Madison County EMS, January 2004 to present, vice chairman.

Education/military experience: London High School, 1974. The Ohio State University, 1979 (BSBA). Professional designation, certified insurance counselor, 1983-2007.

Community activities/honors: Member of St. Patrick Church, sitting member on EMS board, life member of OSU Alumni, past member of London Sideliners, past member of London Kiwanis, past secretary/treasurer of Madison County OSU Alumni Association.

What would you like to accomplish if elected? Continue working for the good of the City of London and its citizens. Currently chairman of the street committee, member of the finance committee, liaison for the city on EMS District Board as vice chairman.

Gordon S. Henderson

149 Elm St., London

Occupation: Educational consultant, Columbus State Community College.

Previous experience in public office: City council 2000-2001. President city council, 2004 to present.

Education/military experience: Doctoral candidate, Capella University. M.A., Ohio State University. B.S. Franklin University.

Community activities/honors: Recently appointed to the advisory board for the National Crime Prevention Association. My role is to advise on how to get needed training across the 50 states. Have served on the Madison County Work force Development board since its inception in 2000.

What would you like to accomplish if elected? I would like to see some of the city services become more user-friendly to our citizens. Government should be there to provide services to the public without unnecessary hardship. I will use my vote to represent all citizens, not myself or my friends.

Richard Minner

234 E. High St., London

Occupation: Sell and service fire extinguishers. Self-employed.

Previous experience in public office: Presently London City Council. Formerly member London Fire Department 14 years, chief 24 years.

Education/military experience: Graduate of London High School. Two years active duty U.S. Navy.

Community activities/honors: I have volunteered in several areas, but not enough to blow my own horn about. I was a loyal city employee for 38 years and never missed a day of work.

What would you like to accomplish if elected? I can’t accomplish much by myself, but I would like to see: 1. The completion of the sidewalk between Coughlin’s and Wal-Mart on the north side of Rt. 42; 2. See Shaw Elevator property torn down and cleaned up; 3. See the completion of Keny Boulevard extension; 4. Expand significantly our present recreational park area.

John J. Stahl

194 E. Center St., London

Occupation: Ohio Processors

Previous experience in public office: On London City Council as a 3rd Ward representative and also as London City Council at large.

Education/military experience: Graduate of London High School. B.S. in business administration, Franklin University.

Community activities/honors: Member, Madison County Regional Planning Commission. Member, Madison Conservation Foundation board of directors. Member of the board of directors of the Madison County Agricultural Society. Former 4-H advisor for 30 years. Presented legislation for the London Tree Commission and later a landscape ordinance. Author of the London City motto: “London: A Proud Heritage, A Promising Future.” Prior board member , Madison County Emergency Medical District. Board member, London 2011 Bicentennial Committee. Chairman, London Strawberry Festival.

What would you like to accomplish if elected? Continue to be responsive to the needs of our community. Make the best use of our tax dollars. Work with all city departments and keep the lines of communication open.

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