Friday, October 25, 2013
David Ashenhurst for Oberlin City Council
Ashenhurst, 59, previously served two terms on City Council and lost elections in 2009 and 2011. He is an “active, involved, citizen” who has lived in Oberlin for 18 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ashenhurst was appointed twice to the city’s Human Relations Commission and once to the Charter Review Committee. Additionally, he has served as a member of the affiliate board and affiliate foundation board of the American Civil Liberties Union, is a founding member of the Friends of the Underground Railroad Center.
He also has served as chief governance officer of the Lorain County Board of Mental Health since 2013 and as a member of the League of Women Voters of Ohio development committee.
“I plan to develop legislation creating a transportation commission, so that questions of parking in the central business district, circulation of both students and residents within the city, and perhaps further linkage with both the airport and the Cleveland RTA can be explored with a singular focus beyond the current mandate of the Planning Commission,” he said.
Ashenhurst said he is experienced and will approach all issues with an open mind.
“I bring broad nonprofit management experience, including a deep understanding of public and nonprofit financial operations,” he said. “I approach all policy issues and legislative matters with an analytical and open mind, but also an opinion of what is likely to be best for Oberlin informed by constant listening to constituent concerns and an awareness of Oberlin’s history as well as the expressed aspirations of its leaders, institutions, businesses, and citizens about our shared future.”
-- Jon Wysochanski, Morning Journal article from Oct. 25, 2013