Rose Feagin

Rose Feagin has been appointed to the second ward council seat in Ontario.

ONTARIO -- Martin Luther King Jr. once said that everybody can be great because anybody can serve.

Rose Feagin shared those words of wisdom from the podium Friday evening, just moments after being appointed the newest member of Ontario City Council.

Feagin was chosen by fellow members of the Richland County Democratic Party to fill the seat of former council member Michelle Webb, who resigned in September. The date of her swearing-in has not yet been announced.

“I just thought it was important to be able to step up and do so. I do believe that it's important to give back and to serve,” Feagin said. “I feel like we have a civic responsibility to make our communities better.”

Nathan Sunderland and Sharon May, both Ontario residents and members of the Richland County Democratic Party’s Central Committee, attended the meeting. Both voted in favor of Feagin’s appointment.

Sunderland, who serves as Ontario’s first ward council member, said he was looking forward to working with Feagin on council.

“It was nice to work for several years alongside Michelle Webb; she was not only a great council member but also a great friend,” he said.

“I am excited and optimistic to see what Rose Feagin will bring to the table,” he added. “I think she will be a great fit for our community and it was my honor to be able to help make the decision on nominating her.”

Feagin has lived in Ontario on and off for about eight years. She said her first priority as a council member is simply to get acclimated.

“I don't want to make any grand promises or start out with too many grand projects but just learn the process and be as good at it as possible,” she said.

“I'm very optimistic about the future of Ontario. There's so much opportunity for so many great things to go on there and just all the businesses that are popping up.”

Feagin is a graduate of Mansfield Senior High School. She has an associate degree in arts and sciences from Ohio University and has studied at Wilberforce University, Ashland University and Ashland Theological Seminary.

Feagin was trained in journalism at the Reader Inc. Editorial Training Center in Oskosh, Wisconsin, and spent seven years as a reporter for the Mansfield News Journal. She currently works for Richland Source as a Thrive correspondent.

Feagin has also worked as a tax preparer for H&R Block. For a while, she sold property and casualty and life and health insurance. She has also studied real estate.

“I joke that I’m a Jill of all trades,” she said.

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Staff reporter focused on education and features. Clear Fork alumna. Always looking for a chance to practice my Spanish. You can reach me at katie@richlandsource.com