GREEN: At a celebration April 6 marking his 50th birthday, business executive Rick Jacobson declared his candidacy for the Ward 2 council seat being vacated at year’s end by longtime friend Dave France due to term limits.
A 14-year Green resident, Jacobson divulged his intentions to guests invited to the Legends Sports Pub and Grille by wife Jeanette and daughters Melissa and Rachel.
A Florida native and Northeast Ohioan for 34 years, Jacobson founded The Windham Group in 1997, a retained executive search firm helping corporations identify and attract senior leadership for their businesses.
He took out his candidate petition requiring a minimum of 50 valid signatures on April 1. Deadline for filing is 4 p.m. June 12.
“I hope to continue supporting the successful development of our city while being a good steward of the funds we receive from residents. The community will continue to grow, and I hope to shepherd those ideas that are right for Green.”
Also with petitions for Green ward seats are Ward 3 and 4 Council incumbents Ken Knodel and John “Skip” Summerville, respectively, and Ward 1 candidate James Ahlstrom, a Board of Zoning Appeals member since Jan. 1, 2012.
Ahlstrom is seeking the seat held by 10-year Councilman Jim Colopy, who, like France, also a victim of term limits.
No stranger to Green politics, Jacobson has been involved in numerous campaigns and was appointed by Mayor Dick Norton to four years on the Planning and Zoning Commission. He has held numerous other appointed and volunteer positions, including Citizens for a Better Green, a political action group, and three years on the Green Chamber of Commerce.
Jacobson said he considered seeking the seat four years ago, but instead supported France, who is completing 16 years on council.
“Of all the council members I've witnessed since moving to Green, Dave is one of my most admired ones. Should I win election, my only disappointment will be that I am unable to serve with him,” Jacobson said.