Ward 2 City Council seat
Hertel says council bid next step in service progression
A Dublin woman sometimes called the "good government geek" by friends is taking that interest and running with it.
Kari Hertel is challenging Amy Salay for the Ward 2 seat on Dublin City Council, an aspiration Hertel has carried since she moved to Dublin about 10 years ago.
"I have a passion for public service," Hertel said.
"I have worked for at least a decade and a half in various government roles and I keep coming back," she said.
Hertel, who works as business counsel in the Ohio Attorney General's office, got a taste of serving her community with a seat on the Community Services Advisory Council in 2009.
The Llewellyn Farms resident decided to extend her interest by seeking a council seat.
While gathering signatures for her petition, Hertel found one area she wants to improve.
"Most people don't know who the City Council people are," she said.
"They don't know how to find information ... If I become a City Council member I want to be accessible and responsive."
Hertel said if elected, she plans to use social media to stay connected with residents, giving them an avenue to talk about services and concerns.
"It's an easy way to communicate information and for a candidate or council member to be able to hear what people think, which is very important," she said.
"I think I'm pretty good at being able to take that advice."
Plans for the Bridge Street District redevelopment have been ongoing for the past several years and Hertel said she wants to see residents and businesses involved.
"It's awesome that the city thought of this, but I think we're at the point where the city needs more feedback from the residents and businesses, especially in old Dublin," she said.
"I want to work to have Dublin be a destination in the future not only for young families and older people.
"I think this proposes to do that. It attracts people who have gone to college with multi-family (housing) access and pedestrian access," Hertel said.
"But a balance needs to be struck between all those needs."
Hertel said her experience working with an economic development department and being a magistrate would help her if elected.
Hertel and her husband, Eric, have a daughter attending Sells Middle School and she also said she sees great value in working with the school district.
"I see a strong link between the city and school district, which is a huge draw for us," she said. "Sure, 40 percent (of students) are not Dublin residents, but it's still one of the reasons people move to Dublin.
"It's an important piece."