Three GOP council candidates gear up for future
Three candidates have filed for the November 2019 election to fill three open spots on Harrison City Council.
Jean Wilson, Ryan Samuels, and Anthony Egner, all Republicans, are running for these positions, which will be four-year terms.
Current council members Mark Louis and Hank Menninger are not running for re-election, and council member Cindy Abrams is running for mayor.
Wilson has lived in Harrison for more than 40 years and said she has a desire to serve the community.
Wilson served in the U.S. Army for two years, raised two children with her husband, owned real estate, and also owned an insurance agency.
She has worked for the city in the past, as recreation coordinator for six years, and in the finance department for five years.
As a council member, Wilson said she would like to see the city be conservative spending taxpayers’ money, and spend this money in the best way possible.
She said she would like to see the YMCA come to Harrison, as well as attract more businesses to the city that are beneficial for residents.
She said she wants these businesses to create jobs and a tax base for the city.
“I want to see it prosper and grow,” said Wilson.
She said she sees the possibility of needing to add more personnel to the fire and police departments n the future.
Wlson said she wants to build a stronger, better community for future residents.
Although she thinks Harrison is sometimes overlooked, she said this is where a lot of people want to come and raise their families.
“We have a spirit that is great,” said Wilson. “We’re a city that when there’s a need, that we come together.”
Samuels is a 1993 graduate of Harrison High School and has lived in Harrison for much of his life. He is married with a 10-year-old-son.
He has a background in finance and accounting and does compliance reporting in the benefits group of Givaudan, where he has worked for 19 years.
Samuels has served on Harrison’s Board of Zoning Appeals since last August after being approached about the opportunity by some council members.
He said he has always been interested in public service, and said it’s up to the people to make their community the best it can be.
“I just felt it was a good time,” said Samuels.
He said he wants to keep the city going in the right direction and he is a huge supporter of bringing the YMCA to the area.
He said he wants to spend the city’s money wisely, but also maximize Harrison’s potential.
“My big thing is going to be fiscal responsibility,” said Samuels.
Egner currently works as a part-time firefighter/paramedic for the City of Harrison and as an executive chauffeur for GE aviation.
Egner served in the U.S. Army for four years, has been married for 16 years, and is the father of four children.
He and his family moved to the Parks of Whitewater in 2016, and said they love their neighborhood and feel Harrison is a great place to raise a family.
“I like the small-town feeling that is in the city of Harrison,” said Egner.
As a council member, Egner said he would want to make sure public safety stays one of the city’s priorities, especially with the expiration of the fire levy in 2020.
Egner said he also wants to improve infrastructure, including the West Road bridge and other roadways, especially where new neighborhoods are being developed.
He wants to make sure the city stays going in the right direction, such as adding new small businesses to the downtown area.
“I would love to see that continue to grow down there,” said Egner.