Reynoldsburg Board of Education

Close race may have ousted incumbent Swope


The Reynoldsburg Board of Education race was a close one Nov. 5, with newcomer Joe Begeny coming out on top against incumbents Elaine Tornero, Ryan Brzezinski and Andrew Swope – but not by much.

The race was for three school board seats and it appears that longtime incumbent Swope may have been voted out, but with the vote so close, a recount may be possible.

Begeny received the most votes with 2,682, or 25.45 percent of votes cast, followed by Tornero with 2,648 votes, or 25.13 percent, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Brzezinski was next with 2,606 votes, or 24.73 percent, followed closely by Swope with 2,603 votes, or 24.7 percent.

Begeny, 37, is a teacher at Beechcroft High School. He and his wife, Tori, have two children, ages 7 and 10.They live in Reynoldsburg.

“I am thrilled that I was elected to school board,” he said Tuesday night. “I had a lot of friends and family helping me with my campaign, and I am very grateful to them.

“I believe I can make a difference and help make a great district even better.”

Tornero, 57, is a homemaker. She and her husband, David, have six adult children and they have lived in Reynoldsburg for the past 20 years.

She was elected to the board in 2009 and said she wants to continue to protect residents’ investment in the district by focusing on gaining the greatest return for students and taxpayers.

Brzezinski, 44, is a lieutenant with the Columbus Division of Fire and a part-time flight paramedic for MedFlight of Ohio. He and his wife, Amber, have two daughters who are seniors at Reynoldsburg High School.

He was first elected to the school board in 2009 and said he wants to continue to give citizens a voice and will strive for accountability.

Swope, 53, is a certified public accountant. He is married to Pamela and they have three children. He was first appointed to the school board in 1999 and has served 14 years.