Dublin Villager

Four running for Ward 1 City Council seat

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With City Council member Cathy Boring retiring from council at the end of the year, four people have stepped up to take her place.

Christine Gawronski, Julie Hubler, Greg Peterson and Alex Schaffer all filed petitions with the Franklin County Board of Elections to run for the Ward 1 seat on Dublin City Council this November

Paperwork is scheduled to be certified by the board of elections by Aug. 19 for the Nov. 5 election.

Gawronski has been on a city commission for the past four years and said she wanted to continue to give back to the city she loves. In fact, running for City Council has been an idea she said she has been considering for some time.

"This to me feels like the next step of service," Gawronski said.

"I love Dublin and am raising my kids here," she said. "It's an amazing place to raise children and live and work.

"I was always taught that if you appreciate where you are, it's your responsibility to keep it that way."

This is not Hubler's first run for office.

In addition to a few other seats, Hubler ran for an at-large council seat in 2007.

Hubler said her run this fall comes from a need to give back to the community and country that have given her so much.

"My husband and I thought 'Do we retire and vanish into the sunset or do we truly give back to the place that has been good to us?' I must give back to this country in whatever way it might be," Hubler said.

Peterson previously served one term on City Council in 1997 and said he wanted to get involved again.

"I had decided it was something I was interested in doing," Peterson previously told the ThisWeek Dublin Villager.

"Obviously the city is really going to miss Cathy and her dedication and service ... . I said I was going to get more involved," Peterson said. "It just seemed as though the timing and opportunity is perfect for my getting involved."

Schaffer, a 23-year-old Dublin businessman, said he sees opportunity for Dublin in some upcoming projects including the Interstate-270/U.S. Route 33 interchange improvements, Bridge Street District efforts and Presidents Cup.

"The City Council currently in place has done a great job to get Dublin to this place, but at the same time I feel the need for a more youthful and different approach to things with these projects coming up," Schaffer said.

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