Democrat files to run for District 2 City Council seat

A third Democrat has filed to run for a City Council seat in the May primary.

Elaine Wagner filed Friday to announce her candidacy for City Council District 2. The seat currently is held by Ryan Brand, who is seeking re-election.

At 28, she’s the youngest candidate to file so far.

Wagner, daughter of local businessman Ryan Hou and former Cummins Inc. executive Jean Hou, was born and raised in Columbus and has volunteered and served in leadership positions for community organizations, including the Foundation for Youth, the Columbus Chinese Association and the United Way.

Wagner said she feels a responsibility to go above and beyond her current community service and is excited for the opportunity to continue helping by engaging young people.

She’s running for council because she wants to bring new energy and help make the Columbus community better as an engaged and proactive voice for residents, she said.

“As a member of City Council, I hope to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to build a community that will be attractive for all residents, including young professionals,” Wagner said. “I believe that by better managing the city’s resources and empowering young people, Columbus can grow into a thriving home for small businesses and families.”

About the candidate

Name: Elaine Wagner

Age: 28

Address: 4265 Sharp Lane

Employment: Works in Marketing for Cummins Inc.

Current office held: None

Past office held: None