Aileen Wagner – Candidate for Westerville City Council
Aileen Wagner launched her first public service efforts at the age of 11 when she organized a successful petition drive that prevented proposed traffic changes that would have endangered the safety of her friends and neighbors. Her commitment to improving her community has only grown in the thirty years since then.
As a small-business owner and educator, Aileen works to develop quality educational materials for students. She has taught in schools around central Ohio and earned a teaching license in 7–12 grade social studies from Ohio Dominican University. Prior to starting her publishing services company, Walnut Bend Creative, Aileen worked as an editor at McGraw-Hill, the job that brought her to Westerville in 2005.
Since then, Aileen and her husband, Brian, have had two children, Aaron and Ethan. The boys are in public elementary school, and Aileen volunteers at the school, including serving on the PTO board. Westerville has been an ideal place to raise the boys who enjoy living near the community center and using the bike paths to ride as a family for fun or to run errands.
At McGraw-Hill, continuing her work in education, Aileen was part of a team recognized by then CEO Terry McGraw for their work with the MidOhio Foodbank. She served as co-chair of the office Activities and Community Service Committee. She managed a team of peers to develop content to support English Language learners and worked on budgeting and project planning for additional projects.
During her college years at Kalamazoo College she worked with residents to utilize Community Development Block Grants to improve a local neighborhood. Aileen also interned with the City of Dayton Housing Department and created their first digital database of Use Nuisance properties. She also worked at the Downtown Dayton Partnership while they developed Dayton’s riverfront.
Aileen volunteers with Arts in Uptown, the Westerville non-profit that provides free art education activities to children the second Friday of the month in the summer and year-round on Sundays at the Draft Room.
As a candidate in 2018, Aileen and Delaware County Commissioner Barb Lewis were recognized by the Delaware County League of Women Voters for their civility and respect for one another during their campaign. Aileen believes that local politics is a place where people from opposing parties can find common ground to work for the best interests of their community, and she will follow-through on those principles as a Westerville City Council member. Aileen says, “I’m thrilled to be part of a slate of Democrats running in Westerville. Ken Wright and Mayor Craig Treneff are great partners. We are ready to move Westerville forward into the future.”