Olentangy school board’s Feasel, King cruise to victory

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The Olentangy school board won’t be shaken up as a result of this weeks’ election.

Incumbents Julie Wagner Feasel and Dave King will remain in their seats after receiving more than double the number of votes garnered by challengers Katy Barricklow and Brian Helwig.

Unofficial results from the Delaware County Board of Elections show Julie Feasel won more than 36 percent of the votes, with a total of 7,777 overall. Dave King earned his seat by taking 7,119 votes, more than 33 percent.

Barricklow, who received 3,198 votes (15 percent), campaigned with Helwig, who received 3,267 votes (15 percent).

Feasel will begin her second full term Jan. 1. She was appointed to a partial term in 2006. It will be King’s second term.

“This win for Dave and I is really a result of a long history of hard work,” Feasel said. “And it’s just not our hard work, but the hard work by parents, teachers, students and administrators and especially our community members.

“We had so many community members out there helping us (campaign) and it was just unbelievable and it is so great to know that they believe in us and really truly know that we have the highest-performing school district in the area and lowest cost per pupil,” she added.

“Our message was strong and the people in Olentangy have just spent countless hours making our district great, and they want to keep it on the track that it’s going.”

In her time on the board, Feasel is credited with forming the 2020 committee and implementing monthly work sessions.

The vice president of communications for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Feasel also is a member of the St. Mary’s College Alumni board of directors.

Feasel, 46, has lived in the district for 16 years with her husband, John, an Olentangy alumnus who is an intervention aide and girls basketball and golf coach in the district. They have two daughters who graduated from Olentangy High School.

The board liaison to the Olentangy Education Foundation, King has served on the district’s 2020 and Business Advisory committees and recently was appointed to the newly formed Strategic Plan Task Force. Prior to being elected to the board, he served on the district’s development committee for 11 years.

King, 66, has owned the architecture firm Horne & King for 35 years. Currently serving in his first school board term, he is the board liaison for the Olentangy Education Foundation.

He and his wife, Patricia, have lived in the district for 27 years. They have one son who graduated from Liberty High School.

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