The Canal Winchester Times

Groveport council races

Candidates want to serve residents, improve city


Three incumbents and two challengers are seeking election Nov. 5 in hopes of filling four available seats on Groveport City Council.

Edward G. Dildine, Donna Drury and Ed Rarey are running for re-election. They face challengers James H. Chilton and Becky Hutson.

Incumbent Jan Stoots chose not to run again.

Chilton is a longtime Groveport resident and retiree of both the United States Air Force and the Metal Container Corp. He said he has children and grandchildren in the community and is running to make Groveport even better than it is.

“I want to work for the people of Groveport to make this a greater, fun place to live,” Chilton said.

Hutson is a lifelong city resident and graduate of Groveport Madison schools. She currently works for State Farm Insurance.

She said she hopes to use her prior experiences in community service to better serve residents.

“I have a real passion for community service and hope to be able to utilize this skill, if elected to serve the residents of Groveport, and hopefully, be able to bring new interest in our local government,” Hutson said.

Dildine, a Madison Township firefighter, also is Hutson’s brother. He is serving a second term as Groveport City Council’s president pro-tem.

“I want to continue to serve the residents of Groveport to the best of my ability and help guide and grow this amazing city through common-sense government,” Dildine said.

“I’ll continue with projects proposed by our capital plan and be accessible to our residents and employees, and ensure Groveport remains ‘Central Ohio’s Hometown.’ ”

Drury, also a graduate of Groveport Madison schools, is a retired executive secretary. She has served three terms on city council.

“I have proudly watched the Recreation Center and the Outdoor Aquatic Center completed, as well as the purchase of The Links at Groveport golf course,” she said. “More exciting things are currently in the planning stages for our community to enhance the life of residents living within the city.

“For these reasons and more, I would like to continue to serve the residents of the city of Groveport and provide them the high level of services and lifestyles that our council has provided them in the past.”

Rarey, another lifelong resident, is a retired educator who has served three terms on council.

“Serving the people of this city – that’s my thrust for re-election,” he said. “We have a number of issues to deal with and one is walkways. We have several growing areas on the outskirts that we aren’t providing safe walkways for, especially for older people and children, and I think it’s our responsibility to do this.”