I am a longtime entrepreneur and I own a small business in Mount Vernon. I am writing to encourage your readers to join me in supporting the re-election of Richard Mavis as Mount Vernon Mayor.
After several years of working alongside my mother as our business grew, we got our first taste of local politics when we bought a property on Coshocton Avenue and went through the process of getting it rezoned. The city planning commission and the zoning board were very helpful as we made numerous calls to city hall learning what needed to be done. I'm proud to say that the whole area around that business looks so much better now in the past ten years, with wider roads and other new businesses.
Last year, I went out on my own and opened a new location for my patients. While scouting spots, I faced many choices and possibilities. I could have easily relocated to Clinton or Monroe Township, or even the cities of Granville or Mansfield. But instead, I chose to remain right here in Mount Vernon, a decision I’ve never regretted.
Our city of Mount Vernon is an attractive, small-business friendly city on the move. Our downtown has been fundamentally revitalized, we now have one of the largest parks in the country, and our taxes and costs to do business are extremely low.
During and after my move, the Mayor’s office worked diligently to assist me in making the opening of my new location both simple and seamless. The people at city hall helped me get a building permit to refurbish the older office building, helped me figure out how to get a new sign that people would actually see, and when parking issues arose, the city once again quickly responded with much needed assistance.
I am supporting the re-election of Richard Mavis because I know him, I trust him, and small businesses like mine can always count on him and his administration. I know, because I and many others like me have experienced his steadfast concern and dedication over many years.
Mayor of the City of Mount Vernon is not an entry level job. It requires experience, patience, knowledge, and the ability to cooperate with people across the political aisle; all qualities possessed by Mayor Mavis.
I do not know Mayor Mavis’ opponent well, although my young daughters and I have enjoyed the local plays he has starred in. I’m not willing to risk my livelihood, my investment, and my daughters’ futures to a newcomer in local government.
Nicole S. Ferris
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