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Columbus City Councilmember Priscilla Tyson Announces Retirement

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Columbus City Councilmember Priscilla Tyson has announced she is retiring from council.

Tyson assumed office in 2007 and is the longest-serving councilwoman in Columbus history. Previously she served the City of Columbus on The Civil Service Commission.

In a press release, Columbus City Council named some of the accomplishments Tyson has made and taken part in as a member of council, including passing a Local Food Action Plan to target food insecurity, and most recently the establishment of the Commission on Black Girls, implementing the Crown Act and declaring racism a public health crisis.

“Today, I am announcing that I will not be seeking another term on Columbus City Council and retiring from office on December 31, 2021,” said Tyson in a statement. “When joining the body, my goals were to expand my commitment to public service, continue to be a role model for girls and young women, and increase the access and opportunities for every citizen to live their best lives.”

December 31, 2021 is the end of Tyson’s last four-year term after being reelected in 2017.

“I believed then, as I do now, that public service is a calling rooted in service to one another,” she said. “Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.”

City Council President Shannon G. Hardin released a statement about Tyson’s retirement.

“Under her leadership, Council has increased residents’ access to healthcare, fought to reduce tobacco use in people 21 and younger, allocated funds to help folks stay in their homes and dedicated millions to fight poverty,” Hardin said. “Since 2007, Councilmember Tyson has helped transform the lives of residents with an unrelenting focus on ensuring that everyone has access to the opportunities that help them realize their greatest self.”

For more information on Councilmember Tyson, visit columbus.gov/council.

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