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Bexley City Council race

Kaynes wants to focus on budget, infrastructure


If elected to Bexley City Council this November, candidate Robert "Bob" Kaynes Jr. said he will focus on ensuring the city spends taxpayer dollars wisely, refining the city's strategic plan and maintaining the quality of services.

"I want to make decisions that are best for the most amount of people, and I think that's important," he said.

Kaynes will face incumbent Richard Sharp and challengers Lori Ann Feibel and Deneese Owen in the Nov. 5 election.

Kaynes grew up in Bexley. He graduated from Bexley High School in 1974 and received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Washington University.

Following graduation from college, Kaynes joined the Bron-Shoe Co. and worked his way through the ranks to become president and CEO of the Columbus-based business.

Kaynes is a member of the Rotary Club of Columbus and has served on the Temple Israel board of trustees, the Associated Employers of Central Ohio board of trustees and the UIW Pension Plan board of trustees.

Kaynes and his wife have two daughters.

Kaynes said his community service and local roots would be assets to council.

"I've lived in Bexley all my life and I wanted to give something back," he said. "I think I can use my experience to help keep Bexley a great place and not change too much too quickly."

Kaynes said he would use his business experience to help the city address challenges, such as updating its aging infrastructure.

"I think the biggest challenge is keeping the budget balanced and producing some level of service that's been provided in the past," he said.

Kaynes said one of his strengths that he would bring to council is that he's a good listener. Since attending council meetings regularly since February, Kaynes said he has observed that council members, Mayor Ben Kessler and other city administrators seem to have a productive working relationship.

"I think most of what they're doing is very positive," he said.