MOUNT VERNON – Sam Barone, 200 East Vine Street, has filed petitions seeking re-election in November to his First Ward seat on Mount Vernon City Council. First elected to Council in 2011, Barone serves as chair of the Utilities Committee, and ranking chair of Council’s Finance Committee.
The First Ward encompasses residential neighborhoods on the near east side of Mount Vernon, as well as the Colonial Hills subdivision and all city residences south of the Kokosing River, including two Harcourt Road mobile home communities. The diverse ward also includes Mount Vernon Middle School and High School, the Knox County Career Center, and Mount Vernon Nazarene University; the Mount Vernon Industrial Park; and Phillips, Memorial and Ariel-Foundation Parks.
Barone said he will continue to support policies and civic projects that encourage job-creating business expansion, enrich our vibrant education community, and improve quality of life for all city residents.
“We have a strong track record on this Council of working in a bi-partisan manner to support the forward-looking agenda of the Mayor and of encouraging private investment in the community,” Barone said. “It has been a privilege to cooperate with my Democratic and Republican colleagues in achieving consensus on a balanced budget that meets current city needs and anticipates major projects that await the City of Mount Vernon in the years ahead.”
Barone said the Utilities Committee expects to receive from Mayor Richard Mavis this year a reorganization plan for water and wastewater operations that will streamline operations and create a more sensible chain of command in these major city departments.
In addition to his service on Council, Barone is currently president of the Heart of Ohio Estate Planning Council, vice-chair of both the Foundation Park Conservancy and the B&O Depot Restoration Committee, and a member of the District 17 NRAC of the Ohio Public Works Commission. He also serves as a lay reader at Saint Vincent de Paul Church and chair of the scholarship judges’ committee of the Ohio Distinguished Young Women Program.
As executive director of the 70 year-old Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County, Barone oversees an endowment fund that provides more than $2 million annually for college scholarships and grants to non-profit organizations, schools, colleges and governmental entities. “I am privileged to be associated with a number of local initiatives that inform, and are informed by, my city council service,” Barone said.
Barone and his wife Paula have three adult children and two grandchildren. He is a 1972 graduate of Kenyon College and received a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 1973. He previously served as Kenyon Public Relations Director, Midwest Region Marketing Director for Jardine Associates, Executive Director of the Ohio Democratic Party, Director of Information and Legislative Affairs for the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service, Administrator of Mid-Ohio Transit Authority, and Knox County Deputy Registrar.