Dublin Villager

Reiner to be challenged by Walter in Ward 3 race


Incumbent Dublin City Councilman John Reiner will take on challenger Kevin Walter this fall for the Ward 3 seat on City Council.

The Franklin County Board of Elections has until Aug. 19 to certify petitions. Reiner and Walter turned in paper work to compete for the Dublin City Council seat in the Nov. 5 general election.

Reiner was appointed to an unexpired term on Dublin City Council in 1997 and has since served four terms.

The Oakland Nursery owner announced his candidacy at a July City Council meeting.

"I humbly seek support for the next phase of Dublin's development," Reiner said.

"We've been on a great adventure here, very unique," he said.

"We had a vision of a model city, financially secure and beautiful (and) great amenities and independent from outside interests and able to support a first-class education system and I think we accomplished those things with a great staff and some great people volunteering their time," Reiner said.

"I want to see it kept up."

Walter will run for a Dublin City Council seat for the second time after losing an at-large seat in 2011.

The father of five said he sees a lot of changes coming for Ward 3 and wants to make sure they are carefully guided.

"The way I look at it is there's a big seismic shift in Ward 3 that will change the overall character of the ward," Walter said.

"My mission is to have an active and energetic voice in those things," he said.

"Ward 3 will be significantly different in five years than it is today."