Lori Ann Feibel has announced the launch of her campaign to win one of the four Bexley City Council seats up for grabs this November.
She joins incumbent Anne Lewis, who will run to fill the remaining two years of her term, and resident Robert Kaynes Jr., who announced in February that, like Feibel, he will appeal to voters in hopes of claiming a four-year spot.
Council members whose terms will expire in January 2014 are Matt Lampke, Richard Sharp and Council President Rick Weber. Lewis was appointed to council in March 2012, taking over for Ben Kessler, who became mayor after the death of Mayor John Brennan. In order to fill that term, she has to seek election.
As a Bexley resident for 18 years, Feibel, who left her job as a history teacher after having children, has involved herself with so many community efforts that her husband, Jonathan, convinced her to finally run for council.
"He has always said, 'You are such a cheerleader for this city that you would be good at this,' so his continued encouragement helped me make my decision," she said. "Also, when I was a teacher, I taught local government and citizenship and I always thought it would be fun to actually be a part of that."
Feibel, 43, is the chairwoman of the Main Event, which will bring Movies on Main, restaurants and shops together this summer in one major event each month. She also is the membership chairwoman of the Bexley Historical Society. She serves on the Bexley Community Foundation's Program and Grants Committee, she is an alternate member of the Bexley Planning Commission, and she recently joined the steering committee for this summer's Ohio Humanities Council's Ohio Chautauqua.
She also volunteers in the greater Columbus area as a board member of the St. Vincent Family Center, a sustainer of the Columbus Junior League and a member of Nationwide Children's Hospital group Together With Important Goals.
"Being involved in your community and having an input is so important in not only making it better, but helping you to feel a connection," she said. "We have some of the best and brightest in Bexley and I'd love to reach out to them, because I think what I do best is communicate with people, and I'm not afraid to ask questions and find answers to make things possible."
If elected, Feibel said she would continue to create connections and use her communication skills to build partnerships that make the city a desirable place to live, work, visit and attend school.
"My husband and I moved here right after we got married and we chose to come to Bexley because we love the neighborhoods and how warm and welcoming people were," she said. "Many people are lifelong residents because Bexley is so fabulous, and I want to continue building on what makes it such a special place so that people continue to come back and be proud of where they're from."
Feibel and her husband live on Bexley's north side with their two daughters, students at Columbus School for Girls, and one son, who attends Columbus Academy. For more information about her campaign, visit feibelforbexley.com.