By Rich Place
It seems from the time Elise Rose moved away from Springville, her hometown kept drawing her back. Now, she’s running for trustee of the village she grew up in.
Rose, a 2004 graduate of Springville Griffith-Institute and owner of Sheret Jewelers on Main Street, is looking to become the youngest member of the Springville Village Board in her first attempt at running for political office.
She attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., where she obtained her psychology degree and met her husband, Mike.
“We were down there for a while and we tried coming back to Springville a few times,” Rose said. “It just never panned out right.
“Then when my father passed away shortly after we found out we were expecting our first child, I definitely wanted to raise my family here and everything just sort of fell into place for us to come up here,” she said.
Now Rose, who is involved in a handful of community activities already, is looking to earn a position on the Springville Village Board in a three-way race for two seats.
“The more I thought about it, the more I thought this was something I’d really be interested in,” she said about running for trustee. “The thought of running for an elected position is a little intimidating, but I want to be more involved in the community and what better way than go and be a trustee.”
As the potentially youngest member of the village board, Rose said she hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the group.
“They do a great job with what they are doing already, but sometimes you just need a fresh perspective and I feel I have a little bit different experience than they do,” she said.
In addition to owning Sheret Jewelers — where you’ll find her almost daily — she also serves on the board of the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Merchant Committee. She’s also active with the First Presbyterian Church of Springville and, with the couple’s three small children, with the local chapter of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers).
She said she is only one of many young adults becoming more active in the Springville community, and her presence on the village board would give even more of a voice to that generation.
“I know millennials tend to get a bad rap but at the same time, look around the village: there are a lot of millennials doing things for this village,” she said.
Looking forward, Rose said one area of improvement for the village is its self promotion.
“We need to let people know how great Springville is,” she said. “There is so much here and people don’t realize it.”
She said she is also committed to ensuring those in the community are able to utilize the grants the village has been acquiring. After all, she said, when the village gets grant money, “it means people are seeing Springville.”
Rose also said she will be easily accessible before, during and after elections, due in part to her presence right at a Main Street business. And she’s also inviting the community to stop by Sheret Jewelers from 10 a.m. to noon March 17 to meet her and enjoy donuts and coffee.
“We always have coffee here, we don’t always have donuts,” she said with a smile. “Stop and get to talk to me more one-on-one.”