Gahanna race

Voters choose Renner, Larick, Schnetzer, Leeseberg for council

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Gahanna voters said yes to City Council incumbents Stephen Renner and Brian Larick and to newscomers Michael Schnetzer and Jamie Leeseberg.

With all precincts reporting for Gahanna’s four wards, unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections on Tuesday night show Renner defeating Ray Kautz 893 to 642 in Ward 1; Schnetzer defeating Brandon Wright 1,287 to 545 in Ward 2; Larick defeating Ryan Patrick Demro 1,082 to 828 in Ward 3; and Leeseberg defeating Joseph Gergley 984 to 956 in Ward 4.

Gahanna residents had a choice between two candidates in each of the city’s four council wards.

Renner, current council president, was challenged by Kautz, 24, a financial analyst/project manager at ToolTex Inc. in Grove City.

Renner, 47, is director for the department of sanitary engineering in Franklin County.

He said he ran for re-election because he wanted to ensure funds are dedicated to improving Ward 1 infrastructure, encourage appropriate development and ensure a sustainable city for the long term.

In Ward 2, it was a rematch between Schnetzer and Wright. The two ran against each another in 2011, when Wright won by a handful of votes.

Schnetzer, 32, is a director/municipal analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.

“I firmly believe my extensive professional experience as a municipal financial analyst would be an invaluable asset as the city is determining how to maximize Gahanna’s financial resources,” Schnetzer said.

In Ward 3, Larick was being challenged by Demro.

Larick, 44, works in financial services/technology as an engineer for JPMorgan Chase.

He said he would focus on basic services, such as roads, maintenance and safety services, while working to ensure that such improvements as parks and trails continue to be what's expect in Gahanna.

In Ward 4, voters had a choice between newcomers Gergley and Leeseberg. Beryl Anderson didn’t seek re-election.

Leeseberg, 43, works as the engineering manager for CESO Inc. in the Columbus office.

Coming from the development/construction side of projects, Leeseberg said, he’s familiar with schedules and budgets.

“The city has budget issues, and I’m concerned about recent and proposed cuts to the capital improvement fund,” he said. “Cutting these projects now balances the budget but will create larger problems later.”

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