Lowe Cannell views each day as an opportunity to make a difference in another person’s life.
That’s how he approaches his job as director of environmental services here at Fulton Presbyterian Manor, and that’s how he’ll operate in his newly-elected position as Mayor of Fulton.
“Making a difference in people’s lives - that’s what life’s all about,” the 49-year-old says. “Sometimes it’s something little, but every day that I come to work, I know that I have the opportunity to make someone’s life better.”
It’s that people-first attitude voters responded to when Lowe was elected on April 2 - and that he is committed to the betterment of the city.
A lifelong Fulton resident, along with his wife Crystal, Lowe has an extensive history of community involvement. His political aspirations began forming years ago while he was a coach and leader for Little League and the owner of a heating and air conditioning business for 15 years.
“I realized those things appeal to me - to be a decision-maker and a leader,” Lowe said.
He sought a seat on a local school board and was elected, serving for five years. Since then, he has been a member of several other organizations’ boards, including Parks and Rec and Pioneering Healthier Communities.
Lowe’s growing interest in community involvement eventually led him to seek a seat on the city council. He served as a councilman for eight years before recently taking a two-year break. When Fulton’s previous mayor decided to retire, Lowe was encouraged to return to city government and run for his seat.
As mayor, Lowe seeks to serve as a conduit between residents and the city council. He also wants to build morale among city workers.
During Fulton’s recent citywide spring clean-up event, he rode along on a trash truck and helped collect refuse community members had discarded along the side of the street.
“It really went over well,” Lowe said. “I plan on doing that every three months - pick a nasty, tough job and show the mayor can do it, too.”
Having worked at Fulton Presbyterian Manor for nearly five years, Lowe said he has no plans to leave.
“I love this job, and I wouldn’t have done it if I couldn’t have kept this job,” he said. “All the residents made me promise to stay.”
Executive Director Dawn Smith has been consummately supportive and flexible in Lowe’s transition to mayor.
“I am so appreciative of her support,” he said.
Lowe and his wife Crystal are parents to Dylan, 13.