MOUNT VERNON — Incumbent 4th Ward City Council member John L. Fair recently announced his decision to seek re-election in November.
Fair is in the midst of his sixth two-year term representing the city’s 4th Ward. He is the council chairman of the streets/public buildings, and said he enjoys interacting with the citizens of Mount Vernon and City Council members.
“I like talking with members of the community about their concerns, issues, and problems, hopefully resolving these different matters. It is all about communication,” Fair said.
“If elected to another term, my priorities would center of keeping a watchful eye on spending, preserving Mount Vernon’s unique characteristics, including the aesthetics of downtown, expanding green space within the city, and carefully looking at city growth. Growth that is under control. ‘Paying forward’ or leaving tangible legacies for all citizens of Mount Vernon to be proud of, such as the ‘mini parks,’ and Foundation Park are just a few examples of why I want to serve another term as 4th Ward City Council.”
Fair is a member of Gay Street United Methodist Church, Kiwanis of Mount Vernon, BPOE, past vice chairman of MOTA, past member of Heritage Centre Association, member and past commander of the local post of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Sons of the American Revolution, National Rifle Association, Knox County Renaissance Foundation, F&AM Mount Zion Lodge No. 9, Order of Eastern Star 226, AMVETS Post 89, Secretary, Central Ohio Chapter of Association of the U.S. Army, Army & Navy Union USA, Military Officers Association of America, Military Police Regimental Association and Military Reservist (HQ CoS 4th CSSB). A lifetime resident of Mount Vernon, he graduated from Mount Vernon High School, got his bachelor of science degree at Findlay University HPER, and master’s of education at Ashland University. He is a retired 35-year educator with 33 years in Mount Vernon school system, and is the Mount Vernon head boys cross country coach.
Fair lives with his wife, Sharon, at 504 E. High St. They are the parents of five grown children.