Area businessman Tom Dell has filed to run as a Democrat for Columbus City Council at large. As a third generation business owner, Dell recognizes the investment that has been made in making Columbus the special community that it is. But Tom also believes that the City Council could use some fresh air.
“My brother and I are running the business that our grandfather started, right here in downtown Columbus, so it’s been great to see the investment and growth that’s gone on in this part of town” Tom said. He hopes to do his part in bringing new input to the council, especially by engaging some of the new and younger members of the community.
“There’s a whole new generation that will be leading our community in the next 10 years or so, but we’re not doing the best job we can of engaging them and making them a part of the conversation. When we talk about things like the cost of housing, access to education, and the priorities in city development, we’re talking about issues that directly affect young, middle-class families who want to build a life here in Columbus,” Tom said.
Dell also thinks a change in atmosphere would do the Council good.
“Nothing against the people on the Council now. I know they’re all working hard, but the energy in the room hasn’t been the best over the last few years. There’s a lot of friction, and it seems like everyone’s looking to stake out their turf,” Tom continued. “I think all that energy would be better spent working together to achieve the priorities that matter to people here in town. I want to be a part of getting those things done.”
Tom and his brother co-own Dell Brothers, a men’s clothing store in downtown Columbus.