On Jan. 7, Westfield resident, business owner and Marine Corps. Col. Scott Willis announced his bid for the Westfield City Council District 1 seat. District 1 includes Emerald Pines, Oak Manor, Brookside, Bridgewater, Setters Run and the downtown area south of Ind. 32 and east of Union Street.
Willis said he would focus his campaign on economic development, downtown revitalization and public safety, specifically keeping children safe at school.
“Westfield has matured as a city over the past decade. I look forward to building on the momentum and assisting in bringing in entrepreneurs and economy-boosting companies,” Willis stated in a press release. “I bring a unique background in business development as I have partnered with both small start-up and Fortune 500 companies in attracting top talent in what is a challenging job market. I am excited about the opportunity to apply the lessons I have learned in Corporate America to help Westfield expand its tax base.”
Willis serves on the Advisory Plan Commission and is chairman of the Westfield GOP Club. He also is a member of the Westfield YMCA Steering Committee. He serves on several boards, including the Westfield Washington Public Library, The Bridgewater Club, Park Place Centre Association and Operation Job Ready Veteran. He is active in Veterans of Foreign War, American Legion, Free and Accepted Masons, Westfield Chamber of Commerce, Purdue University President’s Council and coaches youth sports for Westfield Youth Sports Inc. and Northview Christian Church. He also has co-chaired the Westfield YES Political Action Committee for the operating referendum for Westfield Washington Schools.
“As I near retirement from the Marine Corps, I am excited about the next chapter in my life,” Willis stated. “I have a lot of energy and am passionate about making a difference in my community.”
Willis lives in Westfield with his wife Stacey and their three children, Sophia, 15, Brenna, 13, and Graden, 8.