Tim Madison is no stranger to Bexley City Hall. He practically grew up there.

Tim Madison is no stranger to Bexley City Hall. He practically grew up there.

Now 47, Madison was elected to a seat on Bexley City Council in his first try Nov. 8.

The son of Bexley political icon David Madison, he says that aside from the past four years, he can't remember a time when his father wasn't spending time at 2242 E. Main St.

"I guess I was in sixth grade, 11 or 12 years old, when he was elected mayor," the younger Madison recalled. "And he was on city council for eight years before that. I have no recollection, really, of him not being in political office. I guess I would have been 3 or 4 when he first ran."

Madison said that as a youth he wasn't particularly impressed with the fact that his father was the mayor.

"It wasn't a big deal, really," he said. "I just never knew anything other than him being in elected office."

Madison said his father never groomed him for a future run for political office.

"He almost went to great lengths to keep us (the Madison children) out of the public eye," Madison said. "What he did say was that if any of us got in trouble and got caught, that the punishment would be much worse for us than it would be for anyone else. I vividly recall that in high school. That was a reoccurring theme."

Madison said he is an unlikely public servant.

"I spent 35 years telling people I would never run for public office," he said.

That thinking changed when he got involved with the community's annual Fourth of July celebration.

"I realized what an impact you could have doing good things for the public," he said. "A month into going to the council meetings is when I decided to do it. I did it because I felt like it was time.

"I had worked on the fireworks for three and a half years," Madison said. "I got involved a little bit with city council through the youth bike helmet law (which he promoted). It was sort of an overnight change in that this was something that I could do and something I could be good at."

When he reached that decision, he called his father for advice.

"I said I think I'm going to do this. What's your opinion? I think he was incredibly shocked, but then he said he thought it was a great idea and that I would be good at it."

Madison said he has no intention of serving as mayor in the future.

"People are convinced that now that I have run for council, at some point I will also run for mayor," he said. "I would never put pressure on myself to do that, but it feels like there is pressure on me now to do it. "

Madison said not everyone in the city remembers the 32 years his father served as mayor.

"There are a lot of new people in Bexley and I didn't realize it until I started knocking on doors," he said. "A lot of the new people don't know who Dad is and don't even know that he was mayor. That helps, maybe, alleviate a little of the pressure in trying to live up to what he did. I'm very proud of what he did as mayor and on council for 40 years serving the city of Bexley, but I'm my own guy. I'll make my own way."

While he admits to having similarities to his father, he says they are also different.

"I'm probably more serious than Dad," he said. "I'm more businesslike, I think."

Madison said his father had his own, unique style.

"He liked to have fun with it," he said. "ÉHe was certainly a people person. Still, to this day, people will come up to me and say my wife, or my father or my husband was sick and your Dad was the first one there. It wasn't because he was a politician. He loved the people. He was always there for the people and he still is to this day."

The father-son duo will continue another family tradition on Dec. 10 when they spend the day together at the corner of Main Street and Drexel Avenue selling Charity Newsies newspapers. It will be Tim Madison's 20th year at the intersection and his father's 35th.