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Sharp to be in race for council seats

Four seats will be up for grabs in November

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Bexley City Council member Richard Sharp has announced his intention to run for re-election.

Sharp said he intends to meet the Aug. 7 deadline for filing a petition with the Franklin County Board of Elections to appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Sharp, chairman of council's Finance Committee, said he plans to continue to focus on fiscal and development issues if re-elected this fall.

"The focus for my second term would be continued efforts to maintain financial stability in city finances, continue to promote economic growth on Main Street and to continue to use the Land Use Strategy Plan and Southwest Master Plan as road maps for growth in other areas of the city," he said.

Sharp said he also would focus on strategies to diversify the city's revenue base.

One of those strategies would be to work to "reasonably increase the residential population of the city as an additional way to generate additional tax revenue and economic activity in the city," he said.

Sharp said he also supports many of the recommendations of the Alternative Revenue Task Force, a group of Bexley residents who met throughout 2012 to research concepts for alternative, non-tax revenue to ensure the city's long-term financial stability.

"I am working to support, with variations that make sense for Bexley, many of the ideas generated by the Alternative Revenue Task Force to provide additional revenue to the city in a way that doesn't financially burden our residents," Sharp said.

Other current city officials who have announced their intentions to run for re-election in November include Councilwoman Anne Lewis and Auditor Gary Qualmann.

Councilman Matt Lampke said he does not intend to seek re-election.

Council President Rick Weber, whose term is also set to expire at the end of the year, could not be reached for comment by deadline.

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