Pearson is a leader from class to community

To the editor:

Two years ago, in my second year at Oberlin College, Sharon Pearson co-taught an experimental college class on civic engagement. I took that class and shortly thereafter began to see Sharon all throughout the city — she seemed to be a part of everything happening. Over the next two years, we collaborated on a number of matters, including sustainable transportation and the creation of Oberlin’s Youth Council. Throughout this time, I’ve watched Sharon become Lorain County’s go-to adviser on transportation and an overall fearless leader of our community.

She was instrumental in Oberlin passing a complete streets ordinance and being recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Bronze Level. She also coordinated an immensely successful Public Transit for Lorain County Forum last February. In terms of youth leadership development, she connected former Youth Council organizer, Linda Lewis, to like minded students at Oberlin College. In so doing, she began the organizing work for Oberlin’s new Youth Council.

I’ve been fortunate to see the care and passion for Oberlin that she brings to our city council. The learning curve for a job such as this is steep, but Sharon has risen to the challenge in a manner that has allowed for her to grow, but not at the expense of her convictions. Sharon’s work on city council is not done yet. This is why I am putting my full support behind her re-election campaign. I hope you will do the same.

Aaron Appel