For the love of Mason
Hi, I’m Joy Bennett, a 20-year resident of Mason, Ohio. I’m running for city council because I love this city, and I’m finally able to give back to the community that has given so much to me.
My husband Scott and I married in 1998, and together we have four children. Our oldest daughter, Elli, was born with five congenital heart defects. She spent the first six weeks of her life at Cincinnati Children’s and underwent four open-heart surgeries by the time she was three years old. She also suffered a brain injury that prevented her from sitting up, crawling, walking, or speaking.
When we brought Elli home to our little apartment on Church Street in 2000, home health care and Warren County Early Intervention staff visited us regularly. As she grew, she transitioned into the Mason preschool, where the teachers and therapists took incredible care of her.
We added to our family as Elli became more stable, two boys and another girl. We bought our first house, near Butler-Warren and Western Row Rd. We outgrew that quickly, and bought the house we’re living in now, in Winding Creek.
On a Sunday morning in October of 2008, we went into Elli’s room to wake her up and get her ready for church, but she wasn’t breathing. Her heart wasn’t beating. We started CPR and called 911, and within minutes, Mason EMTs had filled her little bedroom doing everything they could to revive her. We rushed her to Children’s Liberty, where they confirmed what we already knew in our hearts – Elli was gone.
Christ’s Church at Mason opened their chapel to us for her funeral. Shorten & Ryan hosted the viewing and were incredibly kind as we navigated burying a child. Elli now rests in Rose Hill Cemetery, close enough for us to walk over to visit her. We’re so thankful to everyone who helped us during those dark days.
We have the deepest kind of roots here in Mason now. This is home, and we’re committed to doing what we can to keep this city one of the best places to live.
In the nearly 11 years since Elli died, we have managed to build a new normal. After working part-time for Cincinnati Children’s for five years, I decided to start my own business in 2011. Joy Bennett Consulting helps companies, non-profits, and organizations communicate so their audience listens. As the chief strategist, I help my clients capture attention, earn trust, and win business.
Mason has been a business-friendly city in which to build my business, which now serves clients across North America. I’m a member of the MADE Chamber and regularly hear stories from other business owners that increase my appreciation for Mason.
After being so well-supported by this community, I’m finally in a position to give back just a little. Stepping up and asking for your vote to represent this city on the council is my way of saying thank you. I look forward to serving you. We have a beautiful, well-planned, and well-maintained city, and I look forward to doing my part to keep it that way.
Why Vote Joy for Mason City Council
Preserve Green Space
One of the things that draws families to Mason is its protected and maintained green space. From the city-owned golf course to the stocked lake at Pine Hills to the many well-maintained practice fields for soccer, baseball, lacrosse, and football, this city invests in its parks and recreational facilities. This will remain a priority for me as a member of city council.
In addition, we have committed to building and maintaining an Olympic-sized competition pool. Now it’s time to build the partnerships, systems, and funding we will need to make this new investment one that enhances the experience for visitors and for residents. The city did this extremely well when building the new community center and high school complex. I will support this kind of collaboration and creative partnering on the new pool facility and know that while this may be an aspirational goal, it’s well worth the effort to make the new pool a revenue generator.
Keep Taxes Low
Thanks to excellent stewardship and strategic efforts to woo businesses to establish themselves in Mason, residents of the city haven’t seen a significant increase in their property taxes in many years. In fact, property taxes decreased in 2013, and have remained at that lower level since. As a member of council, I will support the city’s ongoing strategy to bring revenue from income taxes paid by businesses so that we can continue to keep property taxes low for homeowners.
Build Mason as a Tourism Destination
We will attract and keep more tourism dollars if we expand our amenities for visitors. In spite of thousands coming every year to visit Kings Island, the annual Western-Southern Open Tennis tournament, and the many businesses who now do business here, our hospitality options are insufficient and we lose money to neighboring communities. Imagine the growth in revenue for the city (and local businesses) if tourists and business travellers chose to stay in Mason hotels, eat in Mason restaurants, and shop in Mason stores instead of going to Deerfield, West Chester, or Liberty township! Voting for Joy for Mason City Council is also a vote to expand our city’s capacity to serve visitors within the city limits.
Background and Experience
Relevant Work Experience
Joy Bennett Consulting | 2011 – present
Owner and Chief Strategist. I help businesses, non-profits, and entrepreneurs forge strong long-lasting connections with prospective and current customers (or other stakeholders like donors, employees, patients, etc.).
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center | 2006 – 2011
Parent Coordinator, Family Advisory Council. As one of two coordinators for this council, I represented patients’ and families’ needs and experiences to the hospital’s senior leadership, healthcare providers, researchers, and the board of trustees. I advised on major projects including the transition to electronic medical records, policy updates, various expansion projects, training in family-centered care, and the ever-growing diversity of patients visiting their facilities.
Relevant Community Experience
North Cincinnati Community Church | 2012 – present
Worship team (vocalist and musician). Has served as Sunday School teacher, co-leader of women’s discipleship group, children’s church volunteer, and host for the Interfaith Hospital Network.
Mason City Schools | 2004 – present
Frequent chaperone for field trips, music competitions (Ohio Music Teachers Association adjudication for both choir and band), and color guard. Additional volunteering has included field days, class parties, and cross country meets.
Cincinnati Boychoir | 2011 – present
Parent volunteer at concerts and other events. “Choir parent” for the Ambassadors (elite touring ensemble) during the 2015-2016 season, in which I attended every practice and concert and traveled with the choir on their “Blues and BBQ Tour” of the south. From 2016 – 2019, joined the Boychoir staff as the marketing director, managing social media, media relations, and marketing of concerts, auditions, and fundraisers.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center | 2004 – 2006
Parent Advisor, Family Advisory Council. Together with my husband Scott, we served a two-year term as advisors on the Family Advisory Council.
Cedarville College | Cedarville, Ohio | 1998
Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing, minor in Honors and Bible, Magna Cum Laude
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