Anderson on council race exit: Time has come to shift focus
Seven-year Ward 4 representative Beryl Anderson wants to direct her time and talents in ways other than serving on Gahanna City Council.
She withdrew her name Aug. 26 as a candidate for re-election in November's race.
"There comes a time when one focuses their energy in another direction, and for me, that time has come," Anderson said. "I will be serving out the balance of my term (until Jan. 1) as Gahanna City Councilwoman representing the fourth ward.
"I look forward to other opportunities that are on the horizon that will allow me to utilize my leadership skills, law degree, business training and other talents for the betterment of humanity," she said. "I also will spend more time with my family and assist my husband's and my aging parents who live out of town."
Anderson said she's committed to a strong finish in her service to the people of Ward 4 and to the city.
"I look forward to working with everyone as we decide what kind of Gahanna we want to live in, which will lay the groundwork for generations to come," she said.
For the past seven years, Anderson has served the city in different capacities. Initially, she served as a mayoral appointee on the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals.
"I have been committed in my service because of my love for the city of Gahanna and my passion to share my talents and experience," she said.
Anderson said service is important to her and her family.
She has served in leadership roles as council's chairperson on the finance committee, the economic planning and development/parks-and-recreation committee and the finance, service and safety committee.
She also has served on various committees and boards in Gahanna and central Ohio.
Anderson also served on the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, the Visitors and Convention Board, the Community Urban Redevelopment Committee and the Communications Committee and participated in the Ohio Municipal League, National League of Cities and the Community Improvement Corp.
She facilitated council leadership retreats and worked at the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival, the Freedom Festival, numerous ribbon-cuttings and business openings.
Anderson also sang solo performances at Gahanna's National Day of Prayer, the Freedom Festival, the Memorial Day brick-laying ceremony and as the featured vocalist at Gahanna Lincoln High School's concert celebration of President Lincoln's 200th birthday, receiving a standing ovation for that performance.
"I have gladly led so many other responsibilities throughout the city and in other capacities, including serving nationally on the Census Monitoring Board; serving as deputy secretary of state, serving with the governor and secretary of state as a top leader in the Count Me Ohio campaign, leading election reform through the national organization, the Election Center; working and traveling with the legendary Rosa Parks; and producing and hosting programs as a national television anchor/host, covering the U.S. Supreme Court and select issues at the White House and Congress," she said.
Anderson said she wants to thank those who have supported her through the years.
"It has been a pleasure to work with so many people dedicated to Gahanna," she said. "I encourage others to get more involved in the community and to be of service."
With Anderson's withdrawal as a Ward 4 council candidate, Joseph Gergley and James David Leeseberg are left vying for the seat.
Gergley, 25, works in distributor relations for Boar's Head.
Leeseberg, 43, works as the engineering manager for CESO Inc., in the Columbus office.