Melissa J. Albright, 40, a resident of Creekside, has announced her intention to run for the Ward 3 post on Grove City City Council being vacated by incumbent Larry Corbin.

Melissa J. Albright, 40, a resident of Creekside, has announced her intention to run for the Ward 3 post on Grove City City Council being vacated by incumbent Larry Corbin.

Corbin said June 1 that he would not seek a second four-year term. At the same time, he said that he would not back current at-large councilman Michael Uhrin's candidacy for Ward 3 because Corbin had already promised his support to someone else.

Albright is that someone else, according to her announcement. She stated in it that Corbin "has committed to support her as she seeks to serve on city council."

"I have always thought that to be involved in your community you have to step up and take action," Albright, 40, said in a prepared statement. "The difficult economy has affected our housing, certainly our schools, and also is affecting our ability to continue to bring in businesses to Grove City and keep open those that are already here. Our city is in another critical period of evolution. We need to set a strong course for our community's future while maintaining the ideals that are the foundation of Grove City.

"As your council representative, I want to be a part of the solution to these challenges."

Albright said she is new to local politics, but added that she "is deeply involved in the Grove City community."

She has served on the Grove City YMCA Consulting Board, is a founding member of the WE:LEAD initiative through the Grove City Chamber of Commerce and is an active member of the Rotary Club of Grove City, having served in several board and committee chair positions. Before voting took place in May for the school levy, Albright organized a levy information event with officials for South-Western City Schools and city leaders.

Albright is a graduate of Ohio State University and a business owner. She established Flooring Foundations in 2002 and moved her flooring contractor business to its current Grove City location in 2007.

Albright and her husband, Jim, have a son, Drake.

"We have chosen to live, work and raise our son in Grove City," Albright said in her statement. "I have invested in our wonderful, growing community and I care about its future and the future of our children."

In addition to Corbin's endorsement, Albright said that she has the support of former mayor and current state Rep. Cheryl L. Grossman.

"We have worked with her on Rotary functions, Relay for Life, with the Grove City YMCA and the SWCS school levy issues," Larry Corbin, referring to himself and his wife, Sue, was quoted as saying. "Melissa puts all her energy into everything she does, whether it's her Grove City business or community service. She is fully engaged and interested about the decisions being made that will shape our city's future.

"She is enthusiastic about being a part of making those decisions."

Albright invited people interested in learning more about her candidacy to contact her at e-mail at uniteforalbright@gmail.com.