Four candidates in race for 3 school board seats
Four candidates have thrown their hats into the ring for three seats on the Bexley Board of Education up for election in November.
The four candidates all met the Aug. 7 filing deadline with the Franklin County Board of Elections; if their petitions are certified, they will run in this fall's Nov. 5 general election.
All three seats are full four-year term seats.
Candidates filing last week include two incumbents -- Bexley school board President Carol Fey and Vice President Marlee Snowdon.
The two other candidates, who also ran in 2011, are John Barno and Natalie Coles.
Barno is an attorney and owner/managing partner of Barno Law LLC. He holds two bachelor's degrees from Heidelberg University, one in political science and one in communications. He also earned a law degree from Ohio State University.
Barno, a 15-year resident, has four daughters. His wife, Karla Rutherford Barno, graduated from Bexley High School in 1986. He has volunteered as room parent, athletic coach for school and Bexley recreation teams, and with various activities with parent-teacher organizations.
Coles is the area director of the United Negro College Fund. She earned a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University and a master's degree in the science of management from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
She has never held political office but has served as a campaign volunteer. She has also served as a room parent in Bexley City Schools, a member and volunteer with the Kiwanis Club of Columbus, an assistant soccer coach, a children's ministry volunteer (Vineyard Columbus), scholarship committee volunteer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and is a former YMCA board member, former Latino Empowerment Outreach Network board member and treasurer, former member of the Bexley Women's Club, and former member of the Junior League Columbus.
Fey was elected to the school board in 2009 and is in her first term on the board. She previously served as Parent/Teacher Organization president at Cassingham Elementary and Bexley Middle schools, in addition to participating on various district task forces and committees related to budget and curriculum.
Fey earned a bachelor's degree in political science/public administration from Miami University and a law degree from Ohio State. Her private legal practice focuses on legal issues affecting families and children.
Fey and her partner, Joan Wurmbrand, have lived in Bexley since 1993 with their children, who either attend or are graduates of BHS.
Snowdon was elected to the board in 2009. She holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Southern California, and a law degree from Pepperdine University. She formerly practiced labor and employment law.
Snowdon and her spouse, Rick, moved to Bexley in 1997. Two of their children currently attend Maryland Elementary School, with the third at Bexley Middle School. Named Bexley's Friend of Education in 2009, she has served as chairwoman of the district's All-Day Kindergarten Committee and Maryland's Playground Project, among other volunteer positions.