Delaware County races for two commissioners' seats, county recorder and the 2nd district Ohio House of Representatives seat will be on the Nov. 4 ballot. A portion of The Villager's readers live in Delaware County.

Delaware County races for two commissioners' seats, county recorder and the 2nd district Ohio House of Representatives seat will be on the Nov. 4 ballot. A portion of The Villager's readers live in Delaware County.

Also on the Delaware County ballot is a Preservation Parks of Delaware County replacement levy.

County commissioner

Jan. 2 term

Democratic candidate Neil Neidhardt, 51, lives at 9192 Mills Road, Ostrander. He has lived in the county for more than 20 years.

He holds a master's of education degree in clinical counseling from the University of Dayton and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Ohio Northern University.

Neidhardt is employed as a graduate admissions adviser for the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University. Neidhardt has worked as a counselor, a university administrator and a business consultant.

This is Neidhardt's first time seeking office.

Republican candidate Tommy Thompson, 66, lives at 25 Timmons Woods Drive, Delaware. He has lived in the county for more than 20 years. He holds a master's degree in special education from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Ohio Northern University.

Thompson, a retired educator, served as a classroom teacher and administrator, supervised special education services, and worked as a director of curriculum and an elementary school principal. He works part-time as a substitute teacher and in academic book sales.

He was elected to Delaware City Council in November 1999 and was selected as mayor.

Jan. 3 term

Republican candidate Ken O'Brien, 48, lives at 2831 Curve Road, Delaware.

He is a lifelong Berlin Township resident. He holds an undergraduate degree from Ohio State University and a master's of arts degree from Eastern Kentucky University.

He is a teacher for children with special needs at Worthington Christian Middle School.

O'Brien is a former Berlin Township trustee.

Democratic candidate Roger Van Sickle, 64, lives at 461 Curve Road, Delaware. He is a lifelong resident of Delaware County. He holds a degree from the American Institute of Banking. He is retired, having worked 40 years in the banking industry.

He is a 22-year Delaware Township trustee and has served as chair of the Delaware County Regional Planning Commission.

County recorder

Republican candidate Andrew Brenner, 37, lives at 102 W. Lincoln Ave., Delaware. He is a Delaware County native and grew up in Kingston Township. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Ohio State University.

He has served as county recorder since January 2005, following a successful run for the office in November 2004. He earlier worked 11 years in the mortgage industry.

Democratic candidate Julie Houston, 55, lives at 168 Grandview Ave., Delaware. She has lived in the county since 1963. She holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Otterbein College.

Houston said her current occupation is full-time candidate. For 13 years, she worked at Ohio Wesleyan University's library, where she managed the government documents collection. She also was a small business owner in downtown Delaware for seven years. This is Houston's first time seeking office.

Preservation Parks

The proposed levy will replace the existing 0.4-mill levy, approved by voters in 1999, that expires in December 2008.

The Delaware County auditor estimated the proposed levy will raise $3.7-million a year.

The expiring levy raises $1.5-million a year.

Taxpayers currently pay $7.36 per year for each $100,000 of residential property value.

If voters approve the proposed levy, that figure would be replaced by $18.38 -- $11.02 more a year -- per $100,000 of residential property value.

Ohio House

The boundaries of the 2nd Ohio House district are the Delaware County borders.

Republican candidate Kris Jordan, 31, lives at 161 Stonebend Drive, Powell. He is a lifelong resident of Delaware County and has a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University.

Jordan is a Delaware County commissioner. He also worked as a legislative aide to state Rep. Jon Peterson and as aide to former state Rep. Joan Lawrence's office.

Democratic candidate Janice Lanier, 63, lives at 35 Berkshire Commons Drive, Westerville. She has been a resident of Westerville for over 35 years and has lived in Delaware County since 1998. She graduated from St. John's Hospital School of Nursing in Springfield, Mo., in 1966; received her bachelor of arts in political science from Ohio State University in 1981 and received her juris doctorate from the Ohio State University College of Law in 1994.

Lanier is a health-care attorney.

This is her first time seeking public office.