Bexley News

Bexley City Council race

Sharp campaigns with focus on growth


Richard Sharp is seeking re-election to Bexley City Council this November with three goals in mind.

If voters return him to council, Sharp said the focus for his second term would be on continued efforts to maintain financial stability in city finances, promotion of economic growth on East Main Street, and use of the city's Land Use and Southwest Master plans and road maps for growth.

Increasing the city's tax base also is a priority, Sharp said.

Council and city administrators should, "where possible, 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 will face challengers Lori Ann Feibel, Robert Kaynes Jr. and Deneese Owen in the Nov. 5 election.

Sharp has served on council since 2010. He holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University and a master's degree in business administration degree from Capital University.

He is the founder and owner of The BEAT shuttle service. He was formerly controller with Mason Supply Co, a regional HVAC wholesaler, and prior to that was associated with the Norman, Jones, Enlow CPA firm.

He is a member of the local chapter of Lions Clubs International, a community service organization.

He and his wife have one son and one daughter who attended Bexley City Schools.

Sharp, who serves as chairman of council's finance committee, said finding additional revenue sources is key to the city's continued 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 and others to provide additional revenue to the city in a way that doesn't financially burden our residents," he said.