Ken Wright – Candidate for Westerville City Council
It wasn’t long after Ken and his family arrived in Westerville in 2005 that he realized just how special the city could be. Ken saw first-hand the appreciation and genuine love that the citizens of Westerville have for their city. It was infectious.
While Ken had already spent years working in community engagement, he decided to focus more of his time on Westerville and the surrounding areas. Ken serves as the Director of Research and Planning for IMPACT Community Action, an organization dedicated to reducing poverty by providing hope-inspiring help and real opportunities for self-sufficiency. In this role Ken has the opportunity to touch the lives of people in need and help them move out of poverty.
Through his work with IMPACT, Ken forged partnerships with the Westerville City School District and Westerville Area Resource Ministry to host a Poverty Simulation at Westerville North High School to spotlight the rise in suburban poverty. He’s seen first-hand how the power of service and unity can strengthen every member of a community.
After completing the Leadership Westerville program, Ken was inspired to get even more involved in Westerville. Ken joined the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club, an organization comprised of more than 100 local business and community leaders whose motto is “service above self.” As a Rotary member, Ken has worked closely with Westerville businesses and leaders to promote and strengthen our community.
In an effort to better understand the sacrifice and service that our first responders dedicate to Westerville, Ken completed the Westerville Citizens Police Academy in 2017 and the Westerville Citizens Fire Academy in 2018. By working alongside these dedicated public servants, Ken better understood the challenges that face our police officers and firefighters face every day and how we can do more as a community to support them in Westerville.
In 2018 Ken completed the Westerville Citizens Academy where he worked with the dedicated and hardworking men and women who serve behind the scenes to make Westerville a great place to live, work, and to raise a family. These public servants do this difficult work with pride, not because they desire recognition, but for their commitment to a better and stronger community.
Ken understands that Westerville’s exemplary parks system is a crucial part of the community. That’s why Ken was appointed to serve on the Westerville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and works with citizens to improve our community spaces.
Ken Wright is a loving husband and doting father, a servant leader, and a proud citizen of Westerville. Ken, his wife Kellye, and their three children, Christopher, Nyla and Kendall, moved to Westerville in 2005 from his native Washington, DC; and they have lived in the community ever since. With a strong public service background and a desire to build a more united community, Ken Wright is running for Westerville City Council.
The Wrights didn’t truly feel at home there until 2015 when Ken’s daughter participated in the Leadership Today program through Westerville North High School. After every session she’d come home and tell Ken and his wife about her incredible opportunities and experiences right in the city. Seeing his daughter’s enthusiasm and a sense of pride in her community, Ken decided to enroll in the Leadership Westerville program the following year.
As a parent to three children who have graduated from Westerville City Schools, Ken is dedicated to quality public education in the community. Ken serves on the Board of the Westerville Education Foundation, which has distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to make local schools even stronger.
Ken believes deeply in Westerville and the incredible people who make the community their home. However, Ken is not afraid to admit that there is still have a long way to go. The rise of suburban poverty and lack of affordable housing pose real threats to the community. While the community is stronger than ever, cultural diversity and inclusion remain areas of opportunity. That’s why Ken serves on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Project, a subcommittee through Leadership Westerville that is focused on building a Westerville community that embraces love, civility, justice and equality for all.
“Every single citizen of Westerville should feel at home in our community. Regardless of your occupation, income, race, gender, orientation, or religion — you belong here,” according to Ken. He advocates for people who’ve been knocked down but refused to stay down. He’s advocated for families struggling with poverty, first responders faced with growing challenges, and students who needed a helping hand. Now, he’s ready to advocate for us.
“My name in Ken Wright. I believe that every citizen in our community is part of our Westerville family. It’s time to build bridges between peoples and come together to work for a better future. As a loving husband and father, a servant leader, and proud citizen of Westerville, and I’m running for Westerville City Council. I hope I can count on your support so that together we can build a stronger, more united Westerville.”