Reynoldsburg City Council

Residents give the nod to Cotner, Long, Skinner

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Reynoldsburg residents re-elected at-large City Council members Barth Cotner and Chris Long Nov. 5, along with newcomer Dan Skinner, who edged out former council member Preston Stearns.

The three winners are all Republicans.

Cotner was the top vote-getter, with 27.87 percent, or 3,071 votes, followed by Long, who received 25.39 percent or 2,797 votes, and Skinner, who received 25 percent, or 2,755 votes.

Stearns, the only Democrat in the race, was not too far behind, though, with 21.74 percent, or 2,395 votes, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Cotner, 41, is a funeral director and owner of Cotner’s Funeral Home in Reynoldsburg. He was first appointed to council in January 2009.

“I am happy to be re-elected to council and will do my best to continue to help make the city of Reynoldsburg a better city to live in,” he said.

Cotner said the failure of Issue 23, the the city’s income tax hike, however, “concerns me.”

“Four times now, voters have said no to an income tax increase, but that is a definite concern, because I think there is a need for more funds,” he said.

“The city has many challenges ahead that require more revenue, like the need for more police officers and road repair.

“I understand why people would say no to a tax increase because I know that some people say they can’t afford to see their taxes go up at all,” Cotner said. “I don’t fault them for voting that way.

“I hoped this tax issue could help us go forward as a city, but whatever we do as a city to solve our revenue problems, I know that I will do my best for Reynoldsburg.”

Skinner, 32, is an attorney. He is single and is co-owner of a general-practice law firm. He is currently serving as chairman of the Reynoldsburg Planning Commission.

“I am very grateful that I was elected to council,” he said Tuesday evening. “I have to thank everyone that supported me and voted for me.”

He said he is looking forward to beginning his term on Jan. 1, 2014.

“I will be the new guy on the team, so I am looking forward to learning about the job and helping to get things accomplished for the city,” he said.

Skinner said he was against the income tax issue because he wants to see the city spend more time and effort increasing revenue through business development.

“People have spoken numerous times by turning down these tax issues,” he said. “So we as city officials must work harder to find ways to increase revenue in other ways.”

Stearns, 67, was elected as Ward 1 representative in 2003 and served one term.

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