Kevin “Woody” Rider finds his passion in serving others. Through the years, he’s enjoyed serving customers at his restaurants in Carmel, Northview Church attendees as a trustee and bus driver, and residents of the City of Carmel as an at-large member of the Carmel City Council.
Rider, 57, wants to continue his service on the city council and has filed for re-election to the at-large position, which he has held since 2008. He is joined by three other candidates seeking to fill three at-large seats in the May 7 Republican primary.
“As a restaurant owner, I hear what the community wants, what they like and don’t like,” said Rider, who owns Woody’s Library Restaurant and divvy. “I enjoy serving the city and the people who live here. I have been in the service industry my whole life.”
The 36-year Carmel resident said his campaign will focus on maintaining property values and continuing to improve quality of life.
“We have done a good job of giving our residents everything they would want to do, right here in Carmel,” he said. “You have arts, entertainment, quality restaurants, the Monon center and the Waterpark, to name a few. What we have done with our economic development in Carmel also truly helps our small businesses thrive. We are becoming a destination and I am proud of that.”
He also aims to continue improving communication between residents and the city council.
“The more information we provide to our citizens, the more they can understand how the city functions,” he said. “I urge citizens with a question or concern to reach out to me.”
Rider is a Cathedral High School graduate and attended Indiana University. He is a board member at The Cherish Center, Hamilton County’s child advocacy center.
He is married to Richelle, who is the executive chef at their restaurants. He has three dogs, Ginger, Gidget and Zinnie.
Learn more at facebook.com/kevinwoodyrider.