One of the three Clintonville Area Commission representatives whose seats are up for election this spring has opted not to run again.
“I don’t have the time to do the job the way I want to do it,” Rob Wood of District 1 said at the conclusion of last week’s monthly meeting, during which the three men who hope to replace him were introduced and gave brief remarks.
Wood said he will miss serving on the panel. He was elected in 2011 after Mike McLaughlin chose not to run again.
“It was a hard decision,” Wood added.
Nancy Kuhel of District 1 and District 9’s D Searcy both chose to seek new terms and face no opposition. Kuhel first was elected to her post the same year as Wood. Searcy has been on the commission since 2002.
“I look forward to continuing the work of the commission to bring respectful discussion to community issues,” Kuhel said in a statement. “I plan to focus on pedestrian and bicycle safety and traffic-calming throughout Clintonville.”
Searcy was out of town and not present at last week’s meeting.
Vying to succeed Wood in District 1, according to election committee Chairman Mike Folmar, are Brendan Michael Inscho of Kensington Place East, Peter Niswander of East Kelso Road and David Vottero of East Tulane Road.
Inscho, 34, has lived in Clintonville for three years. Prior to that, he was in the Washington, D.C., area for a decade. He told the audience last week that he has been a prosecutor in Baltimore and in Delaware.
“I decided to run for the Clintonville Area Commission when someone drove their car through my neighbor’s front door, ending a high-speed chase through Clintonville,” Inscho wrote in a statement about his candidacy.
“While this was one of the more colorful examples of a recent spike in crime, notably daytime burglaries, it is not an isolated incident. We live in a wonderful neighborhood, but no one wants to worry about taking their children home to a house that just got burglarized.”
Niswander, 34, has lived in Clintonville on and off since he was 18. He is finishing a degree in public affairs at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State University and also works as a policy research intern in the Ohio House of Representatives.
Until last year, he was office manager at a small audiology practice in Clintonville that he co-owned with his father.
“I think it’s very important that we find a way to balance two things: growth and the preservation of our neighborhood’s character,” Niswander wrote. “I don’t want us to mimic the development of the Short North and end up with their traffic congestion problems.
“And I don’t want to imitate the suburban atmosphere of Worthington. I want Clintonville to be Clintonville.”
Vottero, 50, has resided in the neighborhood for the past 22 years, “and I’m proud to call myself a ‘Villbilly,’ ” he wrote in an email. He has been an architect with Schooley Caldwell Associates since 1990.
“My interest in serving on the CAC is to represent my neighborhood in the commission’s work and to serve as a conduit to connect the District 1 residents with the issues that will affect them (that) come before the commission,” Vottero wrote.
“I hope to raise an awareness of the commission’s work, and to focus on quality-of-life issues for the neighborhood, including supporting efforts that have been led by neighborhood groups like the Lower Olentangy Urban Arboretum and the Coalition United for Glen Echo Ravine.”
The election for all three districts will take place May 3.