POSITIVE. PROGRESS. TOGETHER.

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About Josh

My love for Columbus started at an early age when my dad was teaching my brother and me to play tennis and baseball at our local parks. It was at Donner and Clifty Park, where I learned how to stay positive no matter the score, how to focus on getting a little better each day, and how you can accomplish great things when you work together as a team. It is my goal to bring that same attitude and commitment as I set out to become one of your Columbus City Councilman At-Large.

 

After moving away for work for a year and then returning due to my wife’s health issues, I have made it my mission to do everything I can to help our community become the best it can be. I have done that by representing local companies with my small business and by volunteering with several non-profits that serve Columbus. It is my belief that we are living in one of the most exciting times in our city’s history and I would like to be a part of shaping the future here through our local government.

 

During the day, I am a local small business owner of a marketing company that focuses on digital solutions for companies and causes. One of my goals is to use my passion and skill set in marketing to communicate in a relevant and consistent way with our community about the decisions being made on their behalf. My hope is to leverage platforms that the majority use to better discuss topics that affect us all.

Background

In 2017, I was named the Columbus Area Chamber/ Columbus Young Professionals Next Generation Leader of the Year for my work on a weekly Facebook show called Celebrate Columbus. The show’s purpose is to celebrate our city, connect people to local businesses, and contribute to area non-profits. Some of our accomplishments for the show include: raising over $100,000 for local non-profits and crowdfunding campaigns, introducing several new businesses to the community to generate revenue for the local economy and creating several video pieces that have been used to market Columbus.

 

I am married to my Columbus East High School sweetheart, Katie, who works as a Pre-K teacher at Southside Elementary. We live in District 2 and are enjoying raising our sons, Will and Ryan, and daughter Scarlett. As a pastor’s son and former staff member at The Ridge, I have attended a number of churches in the community, and my family currently attends First Christian Church. I also have the privilege of serving as a volunteer of a local jail ministry, Residents Encounter Christ, at the Bartholomew County Jail. I am a regular attending member at the Rotary Club of Columbus and serve on the Columbus Visitor’s and Information Promotional Commission and on the Bartholomew Consolidated School Foundation. When I’m not working, volunteering or spending time with my family, I enjoy playing and watching sports.

 

To best prepare myself for this position, I have been attending City Council meetings for over a year to learn the process. At the advice of trusted community leaders, I have met with several City officials and department heads to better understand how things get done at City Hall. I also have completed the Public Safety Citizens’ Academy this past October and will graduate from Leadership Bartholomew County this coming spring. 

 

As one of your Council Members At-Large, I will be committed to helping Columbus get better each day for our residents and families. While I will be one of seven councilmen that will make decisions based on community needs brought from various committees and groups, here are some of my priorities and how I intend to make decisions.

 

Priorities

 

-I believe that we should diligently work with our law enforcement, first responders, and health care providers on our property crime and opioid issues. 

 

-I believe that we should invest in our educational system as much as possible to develop our current students, retain our educators, and attract the best talent to our community. 

 

-I believe that we should continue to build and diversify our local economy as technology impacts every industry.

 

-I believe that we should promote a welcoming community for all that provides opportunity and assists those in need.

 

-I believe that we should be fiscally responsible with our city’s resources and candid if investing for the future.

 

-I believe that our community’s design legacy is a privilege but also a responsibility. 

 

-I believe that we should work together as a team.

 

Decision-Making Process 

 

-Are we confident that the decision we are making is in the best interest of as many of our residents as possible?

 

-Have the proper processes been taken to ensure that this decision will benefit us now and in the future? 

 

-Will this decision help us become better now in an area where we are currently lacking? 

 

-Is there an alternative option that we have not yet studied that could be better? 

 

-Are we confident that this appropriation of money will be enough to cover this decision?

Thank You

I really appreciate you taking the time to get to know me better on this page. While I hope this has helped you feel more confident in voting for me to represent you, an online profile page only speaks to you. My goal is to have several conversations with you throughout this campaign and moving forward. Please feel free to email me at electjoshburnett@gmail.com or text/call me at (812) 374-9394. I look forward to connecting with you.

Josh Burnett