MOUNT VERNON — R. Adam Gilson, 308 Spruce St., has announced his candidacy for one of Mount Vernon’s at large City Council seats. Gilson, a Democrat, has been a resident of Mount Vernon since March 2004.
Gilson is the print design director in the Office of Public Affairs at Kenyon College and has been a member of Mount Vernon’s Shade Tree and Beautification Commission since November 2009. He previously worked for the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and for the State Net legislative reporting service in Harrisburg, Pa., and served as secretary of the Penbrook, Pa., Planning Commission.
“I want to serve the city and help make it a better place,” said Gilson of his candidacy. “Since coming to Mount Vernon, I’ve been impressed by the amenities the city offers — its growing system of parks, its brick streets and its historic district, its stately shade trees, and the adjacent Kokosing Gap and Heart of Ohio trails. I want to do my part to protect the city’s assets and make Mount Vernon an even more attractive place to live and do business.”
Moving to Mount Vernon and buying and renovating his first home here has, he says, been an adventure. “I’ve spent most of my adult life in Mount Vernon,” Gilson said, “but I realize, when talking with long-time residents of the city, that I’m still a relative newcomer. Learning about Mount Vernon has been a fascinating process, and I plan to spend my candidacy meeting with residents of all political stripes and discussing what they love about their hometown and what they think can be done better.”
Gilson is an at large member of the Knox County Democratic Party Executive Committee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa., and served as a member of his alma mater’s alumni council for six years.
Gilson invites Mount Vernon residents to visit his website at www.gilsonforcouncil.com and share their visions for the city.