MOUNT VERNON — Susan Kahrl has announced her candidacy for Mount Vernon City Council at large seat.
Kahrl retired in 2006 from Mount Vernon City Schools following a 36-year teaching career at the Mount Vernon Middle School.
Kahrl believes her experience in education will translate well to service on City Council as both roles directly impact the future of the community.
“An important part of being an effective member of City Council is being approachable and knowledgeable about the concerns of the constituents,” said Kahrl. “My years in education, as well as my participation in, and leadership of, many organizations, have sensitized me to the needs of our community.”
Kahrl is active with the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival, the Elixir Chautauqua Series, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Psi Iota Xi Philanthropic Sorority, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Town and Country Garden Club, the Mount Vernon Players, and the Moundview Cemetery Historical Tour scheduled for September 2011.
Kahrl earned her B.S. in education from Edinboro University (Pa.) and her master’s degree from The Ohio State University. During her tenure with Mount Vernon City Schools she served on Curriculum Council, numerous curriculum committees, directed the Middle School Talent Show, and received various teaching awards.
“Mount Vernon is where I married, raised my children, and enjoyed a fulfilling career. This is my home and I want to do my part in preserving its beauty and cultural heritage while looking forward to its future,” said Kahrl.
Kahrl has previously expressed her intense interest in the ongoing downtown revitalization effort, and in the efforts of other civic groups to develop Foundation Park as the crown jewel of the city’s park system.
“Projects such as these speak volumes about our community values and our focus on quality of life, and inevitably will support the broader effort to secure and expand the economy of Mount Vernon,” she said.
Kahrl resides at 601 E. High St. with her husband, Tim, a professor emeritus of The Ohio State University. Her son, Andrew, lives in Milwaukee with his wife and is a professor at Marquette University while her daughter, Allison, teaches seventh grade in Lancaster, where she resides with her husband.