Bexley News

City election includes contested council, auditor races


Now that the Aug. 7 filing deadline with the Franklin County Board of Elections has passed, voters know the names of candidates who will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Bexley residents will cast votes for mayor, city auditor, four City Council seats and a Bexley Public Library levy.

Mayor Ben Kessler will run uncontested; no other candidates have filed for the mayoral term that expires at the end of 2015.

Bexley City Council selected Kessler to fill the mayor's position after previous mayor John Brennan died from pancreatic cancer in January 2012. Kessler has served two years as an appointee but will need the approval of voters to finish the four-year term, ending Dec. 31, 2015.

Prior to serving as mayor, Kessler was twice elected to council and served as council president.

Incumbent City Auditor Gary Qualmann of Stanbery Avenue is facing a challenge from Bill Harvey of Westland Avenue.

Voters will have their pick of four candidates to fill three four-year terms on City Council, among incumbent Richard Sharp of College Avenue and challengers Lori Ann Feibel of North Parkview Avenue, Robert Kaynes Jr. of North Stanwood Road and Deneese Owen of Sherwood Road.

Incumbent Council President Rick Weber and Councilman Matt Lampke are not seeking re-election.

Incumbent appointee Anne Lewis is unopposed in seeking election to the final two years of an unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2015. She was appointed in March 2012 to fill Kessler's seat on council, when he was appointed mayor to replace Brennan.


Library replacement levy

Also appearing on the fall ballot will be the Bexley Public Library's 2.8-mill operating levy. The Bexley Board of Education, the library's taxing authority, approved the library board of trustees' request to place the levy on the ballot at a June 10 meeting.

The 2.8-mill levy would primarily replace the library's current 1.5-mill levy, which is set to expire in 2014.

Homeowners will pay $41.04 per $100,000 of appraised home value in additional property taxes if the replacement is approved, officials said.