Shyra Eichhorn was the first candidate to file petitions with the Delaware County Board of Elections in the hopes of taking over one of two open Liberty Township board of trustees seats in the Nov. 5 election.
She said she didn't have to think twice about throwing her hat into the ring because of how important this year's race is.
"This is such a vital election for the future direction of this community," she said. "I think it's important that people understand that they do have two votes and I want to encourage them to do their homework and see who aligns with their vision and use both votes."
Eichhorn is running against Peggy Guzzo, John Hartman, Vince Margello Jr. and Tom Mitchell. Voters will pick two candidates from the field of five to fill the seats of Trustees Curt Sybert and Mary Carducci, who are not seeking re-election.
Eichhorn's campaign is all about using open communication to connect with and inform residents. She said if she is elected, she will revamp the township's communication system to include website postings of thorough notes from trustee meetings, township social media profiles and a resident email listserv.
The candidate whose front door is in the city of Powell and backyard borders Liberty Township said she'd also like to communicate more openly with City Council members and build stronger ties with Powell. To do that, she said she would support regular joint public meetings between council members and trustees.
She said she hopes her communication initiatives would result in local officials and residents alike being properly informed on important issues.
"I just think it's time we focus on the facts and discourage unnecessary drama that comes with incorrect information," Eichhorn said.
"This is an amazing place to live, and if you look at all the wonderful things we have, it's not a mystery why we have had explosive growth," she added. "We need to make sure that those positive traits remain intact and aren't overshadowed by the drama."
Eichhorn said she is qualified to be elected Nov. 5 because of her business experience and community involvement.
In addition to working as a marketing and business development consultant for Accel inc., TaDa Licensing, and as an event planner for the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association, Eichhorn has served as a Powell Parks and Recreation board member, OYAA coach, Tyler Run Elementary School PTO chairwoman, Girl Scouts of America Brownie leader, Boy Scouts of America popcorn fundraising chairwoman, Sunday School teacher and Strategies Against Violence Everywhere for Youth board member.
"I really want to be a trustee so I can see that the voices of the community are being heard; I don't have a hidden agenda," she said. "We need to move forward by developing the way that's best for us and in a way that the residents want."
Eichhorn, 40, and her husband, Kenneth, have been township residents for 14 years. They have three children who attend Olentangy schools.
For more information about Eichhorn and her campaign, visit ElectShyra.com.