Incumbents, former councilman are elected to ward seats

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Dublin City Council will remain largely unchanged in 2014.

Three incumbents held on to their seats in the Nov. 5 election and Greg Peterson was elected to fill the Ward 1 seat of Cathy Boring who chose not to seek re-election. Her council term ends Dec. 31.

Ward 1

In Ward 1, Peterson led with 44 percent of the votes (530) according to unofficial final results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Christine Gawronski drew 28 percent (342 votes) followed by Julie Hubler with 22 percent (269 votes).

Alex Schaffer, who dropped out of the race, received 72 votes (6 percent).

“I’m very proud of the results,” Peterson said.

“I’m so appreciative of all the people that supported me and helped me in my efforts,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to work for the city of Dublin. I’m looking forward to continuing the fantastic job the previous councils have done.”

This will not be Peterson’s first time on City Council. He served one term in an at-large seat in the late 1990s.

The Dublin lawyer said the call to public service came to him again when Boring announced she wouldn’t seek another term in office.

This was the first public office bid for Gawronski, a stay-at-home mother of two.

The former corporate recruiter has volunteered with community organizations and the Brandon Home Owners Association in addition to serving on the City Services Commission and most currently the Community Services Advisory Committee.

Hubler is no stranger to political races and sought a Dublin City Council seat in 2007. The lawyer has lived in Dublin for 15 years and said she was running to “give back to the community.”

Ward 2

Amy Salay retained her Ward 2 seat with 54 percent of the votes (561), with all Franklin County precincts reporting. Challenger Kari Hertel received 46 percent (486 votes).

Salay said Hertel was a formidable opponent and she’ll be happy to serve another term on council.

“Every time you stand for election it makes you reflect on your work and what you can improve on,” Salay said.

“I’m looking forward to working on what I can do better,” she said.

“We’ve got more public engagement to do with the Bridge Street Corridor ... it’s such a privilege to serve and I’m thrilled to be able to serve again.”

Salay has served three terms on City Council and works as a transportation driver and aide for Dublin City Schools.

She said she ran for a fourth term to continue her service to the community and wants to see a new library location before she’s done in politics.

Hertel is a first-time challenger and said she decided to get involved after a stint on the Dublin Community Services Advisory Council.

She is the business counsel for the Ohio Attorney General’s office and with her experience in government said she wanted to increase council visibility.

Ward 3

According to unofficial results from Franklin, Delaware and Union counties as of 11 p.m., incumbent John Reiner was leading in the race for the Ward 3 seat with 60 percent of the votes (825). Challenger Kevin Walter snagged 40 percent (561 votes).

Not all of the Delaware County precincts in Ward 3 had been reported, but those results were not expected to change the outcome.

Reiner will begin his fifth term on council in 2014, a venture he said he sought to keep Dublin a great place to live.

The Oakland Nursery owner has been an advocate on council for bicycling and redevelopment in the Bridge Street District.

Walter’s loss follows an unsuccessful bid for an at-large council seat in 2011.

The former Dublin Planning and Zoning Commission member is a territory manager for a technology firm and is a coach in the Dublin Soccer League, Dublin Youth Athletics baseball organization and Dublin Cheer.

Ward 4

In the three-way fight for the Ward 4 seat, Mayor Tim Lecklider won with 51 percent of the votes (548) according to unofficial final results from the Franklin and Union counties boards of elections.

Kaplan followed, snagging 36 percent (382 votes), followed by fellow challenger Kevin Cooper with 13 percent (145 votes).

“I’m very gratified with my re-election and the opportunity to continue serving the residents of Ward 4 and the Dublin community,” Lecklider said.

Lecklider, section chief of the employment law division in the Ohio Attorney General’s office, will begin his fourth term on City Council in 2014.

The 21-year Dublin resident said he was running to serve as an advocate for residents.

Newcomer Kaplan said he decided to run after knocking on doors while helping his wife, Angel Rhodes, with several of her campaigns for various Franklin County offices.

He said during those campaigns he saw needs that were not being met.

The owner of After Dark Graphics is involved in his neighborhood and said he wanted to see that environment spread throughout the city.

Cooper, a former Dublin employee, ran on a platform of the three S’s: schools, safety and services. The Scotts marketing manager of digital communications also was part of the Dublin Police Academy and has served on the Dublin Community Service Advisory Commission.

Washington Township trustee

In the Washington Township Board of Trustees race, incumbents Denise Franz King and Charles Kranstuber held onto their seats facing challenger Lloyd Hubler.

According to results from Delaware, Franklin and Union counties as of 11 p.m., Kranstuber had 43 percent of the votes (2,722), with King following with 38 percent (2,425).

Not all of the Delaware County precincts in Ward 3 had been reported, but those results were not expected to change the outcome.

Next year will mark the start of King’s fourth term as a trustee. The executive director of farmland preservation at the Ohio Department of Agriculture also served two terms on Dublin City Council.

Kranstuber, an attorney, was voted into his third term as a trustee. The father of seven has lived in Dublin for about 30 years and also served on City Council.

Hubler earned 19 percent of the votes, (1,173).

Hubler is a newcomer to elections, but has aided his wife and fellow attorney, Julie, in her bids for public office.

The 15-year Brand Road resident said he decided to run after getting involved in government to provide input about a proposed neighboring development.

School Board

In the uncontested Dublin City School District Board of Education race, incumbents Stu Harris and Lynn May held onto their seats.

Former Karrer Middle School Principal Rick Weininger also snagged a spot on the board.

Incumbent Gwen Callender chose not to seek re-election.

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