This year, we have two (2) open seats for our Board of Supervisors who will be elected to a three year term beginning January 2018. Continue reading to find out more information on each of the three (3) candidates. Residents or landowners, firms and corporations that own land or occupy land in Franklin County and are 18 years of age or older may vote for supervisors. A non-resident landowner, firm or corporation must provide an affidavit of eligibility, which includes designation of a voting representative, prior to casting a ballot.

Susan Ashbrook

Susan Ashbrook

Susan Ashbrook

Susan has been an environmental attorney and advocate for 30 years.  She spent 15 years with the Ohio Attorney General’s office, enforcing Ohio’s environmental laws.  She also spent 15 years with the City of Columbus in various capacities.  Her roles with the City included acting as the Environmental Steward for Mayor Coleman, where she launched several programs including GreenSpot, an online space where people in our city learn about living and working greener, and commit to doing it in their homes, businesses, and communities; and the Central Ohio Green Pact a multi-jurisdictional commitment to make our region more sustainable that outlines ten general values communities should hold to preserve natural resources, increase green space, reduce consumption of raw materials and increase recycling.  Susan also served as the Assistant Director for Sustainability for the City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities.  In that capacity, she was involved in several programs designed to protect Columbus’ waterways, including PUP, Get Grassy and Blueprint Columbus.

Andrea Gorzitze

Andrea Gorzitze

Andrea Gorzitze

Andrea is the Grants Development Specialist in the Departments of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Food Science and Technology at The Ohio State University. She has been a resident of Franklin County since 1982 and previously worked for the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) as Senior Education Coordinator.  Andrea operated as a liaison between local watershed groups and the agency’s member communities, and coordinated events like Riverfest – an event aimed to increase awareness of local watershed groups, river cleanups, invasive plant removals and the installation of small prairie patches in strategic locations such as COSI. During her time at MORPC, she also worked with local neighborhoods on naming small streams in the area.  Andrea supports the use of green infrastructure and green roofs and currently helps with green building events. Andrea is active in the Clintonville Energy Collaborative, The Care and Share Time Bank, and a local dog rescue. She served on the boards of Friends of the Ravines and Friends of the Scioto River for several years. Her yard boasts a 5-year old raingarden, many native pollinator plants, and a rain barrel.

Andrea holds an M.A. in an interdisciplinary program combining Physical Anthropology and Zoology. After receiving her degree, she continued postgraduate work and spent time studying primate ecology in Indonesian Borneo.

Emily Weber

Emily Weber

Emily Weber

Emily previously served as the Assistant Director for Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District.  Throughout her 10 years working for Franklin Soil and Water, she facilitated numerous regional environmental projects with local, state and federal agencies to improve water quality and sustainability, and implemented environmental policies and regulations across jurisdictional boundaries. She was successful in developing partnerships and securing environmental program grants to address urban stormwater concerns and to ensure the financial stability of the organization. In addition, she provided assistance to local governments, consulting firms and elected officials on natural resources management, regional planning and stormwater permit requirements to aid in promoting responsible land development and sustainable best management practices.  Prior to her work with Franklin Soil and Water she worked for The Ohio State University as a Vegetation Ecologist producing a land cover map of the vegetation of the State of Ohio.  Emily graduated with honors from Bowling Green State University and holds a BS in both Biology and Environmental Science.  Emily also brings previous Board experience as she served as the Chair of the Board of the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed environmental organization.  She resides in Dublin, OH with her husband and 2 children and enjoys hiking, spending time with family and traveling.

Published: September 6th, 2017