Candidate Statements – 2016 UAC Election

Petition Candidate materials were made available to the public from September 5 through October 13, 2016.  Upon the deadline of 4:30 p.m. on October 13, the UAC had received a total of one (1) Petition Candidate packet.

Five (5) seats/terms are to be filled this election, for which we have received 1 declaration of candidacy; parties interested in any of the seats may complete a Write-In Candidate Packet (available here ) and submit it by 4:30 p.m. on October 31, 2016:

District 1: One 3 year term, ending January 2020
District 2: One 3 year term, ending January 2020
District 3: One 3 year term, ending January 2020
District 3: One 1 year term, ending January 2018
District 4 One 3 year term, ending January 2020


The following statement was submitted by the only Petition Candidate, and is presented here exactly as submitted:

Brian Williams
Candidate – District 3

Including my OSU undergraduate days, I have lived in Columbus 30 of the last 42 years – eight of them in the University District and the rest in Clintonville. In 25 years as a newspaper reporter, I often wrote about the kinds of issues facing the University Area Commission, and as an urban affairs reporter an the Columbus Dispatch, I frequently wrote about dvelopment, safety, traffic, and other University District issues.
During my years in Clintonville, I served on the board of the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center and eight years on the board of Clintonville Incorporated – tow of them as president. In 2014, my family and I moved to Weinland Park, where I had been involved for three years in community engagement for an $864,000 project, funded by HUD and managed by MORPC, to develop a plan to incorporate all aspects of local food into the revitalization of the neighborhood. Since mid 2015, I have been on the housing Committee of the Weinland Park Community Civic Association. In January 2016, I was selected to fill a District 3 opening on the University Area Commission.

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