OWN’s annual election Jan. 26 – 3 seats open
Leading up to its annual election Thursday, Jan. 26, the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) has announced that three positions on its board of directors that will be open for candidates.
Those elected will serve three-year terms. Those eligible must be at least 18 and residents or residential property owners within the city-designated Westside Neighborhood Strategy Area (NSA).
The board has nine directors in all. Officers will be elected by the new board at its meeting in February.
OWN is the city-recognized advocacy group for the Westside NSA. Using federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money allocated from the city, OWN publishes four newsletters a year (the Westside Story), meets monthly to address Westside issues, and organizes the annual community picnic and Spirit Awards that recognize local property improvements.
The election will take place at the OWN meeting Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.
Candidates are encouraged to contact President Welling Clark or Vice President Sean Chambers before that meeting.
Clark is at 471-4023, Chambers at 499-1425. The OWN e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clark said he hopes to see candidates who are “wishing to give back and desiring to make the Westside a better place to live, enjoy and raise a family.”
Only one of the three open positions will have an incumbent running.
Clark, a seven-year OWN member and president for the past six years, said he plans to seek re-election as an at-large candidate.
Steve Bailey, who has been on the board since 2009, said he will not run again. He described his tenure as “most satisfying. I just think it's time to give someone else a chance to serve.”
The other vacancy has existed for several months, due to Kristine Van Wert's health-related resignation.
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