If elected to Bexley City Council, candidate Lori Ann Feibel said she will work with fellow council members and city administration to bolster the East Main Street commercial corridor, revitalize East Livingston Avenue and diversify the city’s revenue base.
In order to do that, Feibel will face incumbent Richard Sharp and challengers Robert Kaynes Jr. and Deneese Owen in the Nov. 5 election. The four are vying for three open seats this fall. Incumbent Council President Rick Weber and Councilman Matt Lampke are not seeking re-election.
“I think trying to find alternative revenue sources is the biggest challenge” facing the city in the years to come, Feibel said. “Young families that have moved here because they know that we have superior schools, who are working hard, both mom and dad, so that they can afford to be here – we’ve got to find a way that they can afford to raise their children here.”
Feibel and her husband, Jonathan, have lived in Bexley for 18 years. They are the parents of three children.
Feibel holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science and a master’s degree in social studies education from Ohio State University. She is a member of the city’s Planning Commission, serves on the Bexley Community Foundation’s Program and Grants Committee, and has served as the membership chairwoman of the Bexley History Society.
She also was chairwoman of the committee that organized the inaugural Main Event movie series and served on the steering committee that brought the Ohio Chautauqua historical event to Bexley this past summer.
Feibel said her years of community service have prepared her to serve on council.
“I love Bexley just like the other candidates do, but if you look at what I’ve done in the past, it proves that I love Bexley,” she said. “I believe that love in this case is definitely a verb. It requires doing, and I am someone who does and does and does.”
Feibel said her professional experience as a teacher, particularly in organization, also would be an asset to council.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in the classroom,” she said. “Anybody that’s a teacher knows that it takes an organized person to organize middle students. It takes a lot, and it’s a high-energy job.”
City Council and the city administration should work together with community organizations to enhance the amenities that Bexley offers residents, Feibel said.
“I think the key is to make this an attractive city so that unique businesses attract our own citizens, but also citizens from (other parts of) central Ohio come, and businesses want to be here and stay,” she said. “I think that’s going to be really key.”