2017 Candidates

District:    1

Candidate Name:    Matt Beaton

Length of time living in the University Area: 4 months
Number of Years as a Resident or years involved with the neighborhood: (left blank)
Occupation: CEO of Mike’s Hot Honey

Commissioner Statement

My name is Matt Beaton, and I’m the CEO of an emerging food brand. We’ve recently settled in Glen Echo and are excited to call this community our home for many years.
I’m your conscientious, engaged, and outgoing neighbor. I’m going to be involved, and intend to offer my ear and experiences to help guide good decisions and raise the appropriate concerns. Effectiveness starts small, it starts here.

As a leader I’m approachable, creative, and easily build consensus. My strongest skill set is managing teams, especially teams of people from different interests, sectors and functional groups.

My wife is a professor at OSU in the Glenn College of Public Affairs. As a business leader, and a community advocate, I’m grateful for her perspective, intellect, and our shared connection with the university. When we arrived in Columbus, our realtor suggested we skip this neighborhood ‘because of the schools’. After seeing and feeling the vibrancy of this unique place, that thought was laughable. Instead, we feel honored to live in this community, as we’re the capable individuals who will make our schools, commerce, parks and the potlucks some of the many wonderful reasons to live in Glen Echo.

UAC Committees/Positions

Not Applicable

Community Involvement/ Education/Occupation:

Education: UW-Madison (BA) ’05// Northwestern-Kellogg (MBA) ’13.
Community: President (’07-’15), Off the Street Club Auxiliary Board, Chicago’s oldest club for boys and girls.


District:    2

Candidate Name:    Andrew Frankhouser

Length of time living in the University Area: 2 years
Number of Years as a Resident or years involved with the neighborhood: 2 years
Occupation: Civil Engineer

Commissioner Statement

Originally from Salem, Ohio, I moved to Columbus in 2013 and the University District in 2015. I went to school at The University of Akron where I obtained my Bachelors and Masters of Science in civil engineering. My professional experience is in transportation, primarily with roadway design. I achieved my Professional Engineering license, P.E., in 2017 and have been involved in numerous projects throughout Ohio and Columbus ranging from urban interstate design and storm sewer improvements to shared use paths and pedestrian facilities. I plan on bringing my professional experience and knowledge of transportations to the University Area Commission.

UAC Committees/Positions

Not Applicable

Community Involvement/ Education/Occupation:

Masters of Science from The University of Akron
Civil engineer with Professional Engineering, P.E. License

Candidate Name:    Seth Golding

Length of time living in the University Area: 25 Years
Number of Years as a Resident or years involved with the neighborhood: (left blank)
Occupation: Graphic Arts

Commissioner Statement –

My previous experience on the Commission has been gratifying in trying to help improve the quality of life in the University area.

UAC Committees/Positions

Treasurer, Zoning Committee, Code Enforcement Committee

Community Involvement/ Education/Occupation

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District:    3

Candidate Name:    Amy Elboar

Length of time living in the University Area: 1 year
Number of Years as a Resident or years involved with the neighborhood: 1 year
Occupation: Program Specialist for the Ohio Commission on Minority Health

Commissioner Statement

As a recent Ohio State graduate in the summer of 2010, I vividly remember what was going through my mind as I drove away from my college house on Indianola and 18th. I hoped that I would someday come back to work in Columbus and start a family. What I did not realize then, is that when I did move back to Columbus, I would end up living in Weinland Park, 5 minutes from my old house on Indianola. Over the last year, my husband and I have enjoyed getting to know our new neighborhood and feel thankful that we live in a tight knit community within a large capital city.
My past professional experience includes creating better built environments for youth in under resourced neighborhoods in Chicago. Currently, I work towards eliminating health disparities in specific populations’ by addressing inequities in the areas where people live, work, worship, and play. As a prospective Commissioner, I hope to get the chance to apply my professional experience and represent my fellow residents in continuing to shape Weinland Park and the University District into an affordable, safe community that provides all residents an equitable chance to learn, work, worship and raise families.

UAC Committees/Positions:

Not Applicable

Community Involvement/ Education/Occupation:

I have a Bachelor of Art in History from Ohio State University and a Master of Public Administration from DePaul University. I lived in Chicago for five years and spent four of those years working at a non-profit implementing a youth anti-violence program on the south and west sides of the city. I currently work as a program specialist for the Ohio Commission on Minority Health which is a state agency dedicated to eliminating disparities in minority health through innovative strategies and financial opportunities, public health promotion, legislative action, public policy and systems change. After a busy first year living back in Columbus starting a new job and getting married, I look forward to getting involved in my new community.


District:    4

No Candidate Petitions were submitted for the seat in District 4

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