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Delaware council race, outlet-mall question provide drama

But many other local races are unopposed on Nov. 5 ballot

Election Day in Delaware will be lacking in suspense for the most part.

While seven Delaware City Council candidates will compete to fill three open at-large seats Tuesday, Nov. 5, candidates for Delaware school board and Sunbury and Galena village councils are running unopposed.

Berkshire Township residents also will be asked to vote on a referendum regarding a planned outlet mall.

Delaware City Council incumbent Carolyn Riggle is campaigning for a second term, while Mayor Gary Milner and Vice Mayor Windell Wheeler will vacate their seats after the election.

George Hellinger, former councilman Rob Hoffman, Teri Owens, Terrie Price, Kent Shafer and Jeff Rike will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot along with Riggle.

Three open seats on the Delaware school board are unopposed. Jayna McDaniel-Browning and incumbents Deborah Rafeld and Frances O'Flaherty are on the ballot. Brandon Feller has been campaigning for write-in votes.

Write-in candidates are guaranteed to take at least two of four open seats on Sunbury Village Council. Council President David Adams is seeking re-election and will appear on the ballot with Joseph Stoll. Incumbent David Simmons has been campaigning as a write-in candidate, as have Christina Fuller and Jason Hillyer.

Sunbury Village Council also is looking to fill four spots on Election Day, but there are only three candidates voters can chose from Nov. 5: incumbents David Miller, Scott Weatherby and Thomas Zalewski Sr. Council will need to appoint someone to fill the fourth spot after the election.

There are two candidates on the ballot for four Galena Village Council seats: incumbent David Adams and Joseph Stoll. Write-in candidates are Christina Fuller, Jason Hillyer and David Simmons.

Big Walnut school board President Allison Fagan and candidate Brad Schneider are the only names on the ballot, despite there being three open board positions. Ann Mills Connelly, Christine Gardner, Nicole Scanlan Hess and Mark LeMaster have been campaigning as write-in candidates.

Incumbents Robert Carpenter and Rod Myers will face challengers Mike Dattilo and W. Rowland Smith for two open seats on the Berkshire Township board of trustees.

Berkshire residents also will be asked to vote on a referendum that would overturn the rezoning of 208 acres off U.S. Route 36-state Route 37 interchange of Interstate 71, where Simon Property Group and Tanger Outlets plan to build a 400,000-square-foot outlet mall.

A "yes" vote will uphold the zoning that would allow for the outlet mall. A "no" vote on the measure would reverse the rezoning decision.

The Genoa Township board of trustees race is unopposed, with Trustees Rick Carfagna and Karl Gebhardt guaranteed seats.

Residents of Delaware's District 4-B will decide on a pair of liquor options to allow Sunday sales of wine, mixed beverages and spirits at Vino Veritas, 15 E. Winter St., and 1808 American Bistro, 29 E. Winter St.

Those who live in Sunbury's District A also will vote to allow Sunday sales of spirits at Kroger, 131 state Route 3.

Delaware County polling locations will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5.

To find a polling location, visit www.co.delaware.oh.us/ boe/electionday.html.

Results and stories will be posted at ThisWeekNews.com on Election Night.

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