MOUNT VERNON — John Francis, Republican, announces his candidacy for the 2nd Ward seat of Mount Vernon City Council.
At 47 years old, Francis is a lifelong resident of Mount Vernon and he intends to stay. He graduated from Mount Vernon and was employed for 19 years at TRW before the company moved. He is employed with Connell’s Furniture as customer service tech where he works with customers in troubleshooting and problem solving to meet their concerns and expectations.
He served with the National League of Families, which focuses on Prisoners of War/Missing in Action soldiers. He is proud to have been involved in hanging POW/MIA flags around Ohio to draw public awareness to this cause.
Francis has been married to his wife, Judy, for 28 years and has two children, Felicia and Jacob (Malissia); and a grandchild, Trevin, all of Mount Vernon.
He said his decision to run came direct.
“Being a native of Mount Vernon, I have seen our city grow and I believe it is each citizen’s duty to serve in that growth,” said Francis. “Good government starts with people — the community. We have been endowed with certain inalienable rights that among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
“My intent, if elected, is to serve the people of Mount Vernon with integrity and honor by keeping my eyes on the community and my ears to the people. This position should be used for checks and balances on what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, and who are we doing it for.”
Francis goes on to state that he is a “firm believer in our founding documents: Declaration of Independence (the people being independent and responsible) and the Constitution of the United States. It all begins in the community. Servanthood should be the heart of our public work and I intend to be a servant of the people, by the people and for the people.”