Marilyn Bryant has announced her candidacy for the Ward 2 alderman seat on the Lebanon city Council in the Nov. 8 Municipal Election.
"I am enthused to put myself into the running and be able to bring new energy to Lebanon as the alderman for Ward 2. Lebanon is experiencing rapid growth as a city. With growth comes more need for people who will hold the responsibility for protecting our social health and welfare while at the same time making sure that the fiscal health in services keeps up with the needs of its citizens," Bryant said. "I want to be that person working hard for our city. I have made being involved in local civic organizations and serving as a citizen representative on city commissions prominent parts of my life and contribution to our city. It is now my desire to further increase my responsibility with my goal to become the alderman for Ward 2."
Bryant's life foundation was formed in Ward 2 where she grew up with her early education at Market Street Elementary School, Lebanon Junior High School and then graduated from Lebanon High School. She left Lebanon to attend college and then pursued a career in business management in Atlanta, Philadelphia and, lastly, New York City. As part of her career, she traveled the world working with many start-up businesses in their manufacturing, planning and logistics areas. A large part of her experience involved owning her own business where she dealt with planning, budgeting, employee development and marketing.
"It was always in my plan to come back to Lebanon and get actively involved wherever I could to contribute to the civic and societal areas of our fair city," she said. "More specifically, I can apply my business acumen and talents to the position on the city council. This election is the first opportunity to present myself for consideration for this position in our city government."
Bryant serves on the Historic District Preservation Commission where she is one of seven commissioners tasked with establishing areas of the city that will be designated for the protection of the beauty and architectural history significance. "When attending city council meetings, I became aware that they were forming the commission that would be made up of citizens. I felt it was very important to have input as a citizen and especially that someone be on the commission who lived in Ward 2. I voiced my interest and was selected for this volunteer position," she said. When a place opened up on the Lebanon Board of Zoning Appeals, she was appointed by Mayor Philip Craighead to fill the position. "In both of these areas I am proud to be able to work as a citizen and feel both are ways of representing Ward 2."
With a background in business, Bryant is experienced with working with budgets and planning expenditures. "I would work closely with the other members of our city council to plan and manage our budget and protect the benefits and services for our employees and citizens. I would work hard to protect the standard of living as we grow by interaction with the planning commission and the visionary committee to see healthy growth in our infrastructure and prepare for the future," she said. "Commercial and economic growth will bring jobs, and I would work with our economic development director to encourage more businesses to locate here, thus helping to create more jobs. We need smart growth for the city which requires forward thinking in the planning. I hope to be that person elected by my fellow Ward 2 citizens to look out for their city."