Cassandra (Cassie) Cress grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and graduated from Wittenberg University with a BA in English. She also obtained her MA from Wright State University in Educational Leadership. After teaching high school English for a couple of years in North Carolina, she accepted a teaching position at Urbana to be closer to family. Cassie and her husband, who is also a teacher, live with their two daughters in Urbana.

As an English teacher, Cassie believes in helping students understand the importance of communicating well with others. She encourages her students to appreciate the life lessons found in literature and develop critical thinking skills.

Throughout her teaching career, Cassie has taught all levels of high school English, including AP Literature. She has also served on the following committees:  Labor Management Committee (co-chair), Freshman Focus Leadership Team, Credit Flex Committee, UACT Board (building representative), and the Professional Development Committee.  Cassie is also the assistant director of Urbana High School’s musical and enjoys seeing her students shine on stage. Cassie and Justin (candidate for Mayor and part of the Urbana Wins team) are both currently serving on the City of Urbana’s Charter Review Committee.

In her free time, Cassie enjoys running, working out at the YMCA, hiking in Yellow Springs, traveling, reading fiction (especially for her Book Club), and spending time with her daughters and husband.

Why I am Running for City Council

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After teaching for almost 20 years and living in Urbana most of my adult life,  I understand the challenges that face our community. In the time that I have lived here, there have been changes in Urbana--some good and some bad. As a member of City Council, I want to figure out ways to highlight our assets and fix our issues.

I am proud to live in Urbana. The mix of a small town with quaint shops, excellent restaurants, and friendly people make Urbana a great place to live and raise a family. However, I have always wondered if Urbana could be more.

After hearing some of Justin T. Weller’s ideas, I am inspired because I now believe that we CAN be more. If we give people more opportunities by raising the minimum wage and helping small businesses, we can keep people here in Urbana and help them thrive.

I also believe that by communicating with members of the community and developing more programs for our youth that we can be a stronger Urbana.

I know it is time for Urbana to WIN AGAIN!  

- Cassie Cress, Candidate for Urbana City Council