Gahanna residents will see at least two familiar candidates in the nonpartisan mayoral race this year. Jim McGregor, who previously held the post for 18 years, will challenge incumbent Becky Stinchcomb.

Gahanna residents will see at least two familiar candidates in the nonpartisan mayoral race this year.

Jim McGregor, who previously held the post for 18 years, will challenge incumbent Becky Stinchcomb.

Stinchcomb was appointed to serve the last two years of McGregor's unexpired term when he resigned as mayor in October 2001 so he could be appointed to the Ohio House of Representatives.

McGregor served as state representative for the 20th House District, covering Gahanna, Bexley, New Albany, Whitehall and parts of Columbus, from 2001 to 2008. He's the current executive director of the Ohio League of Conservation Voters, a nonprofit, bi-partisan organization working on energy and conservation issues.

Stinchcomb was elected as the Ward 3 city council representative five times, serving almost 10 years before being appointed mayor. She will run for her third full term as the city's mayor.

McGregor said the present administration and council have passed deficit budgets in the past two years.

"They have consciously planned to spend more money each year than their expected annual income," he said. "The administration and council have made up the difference from savings left to them by years of frugal management. They plan to close the hole by increasing our income taxes from 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent and increasing the piggy-back tax."

Stinchcomb said the notion that the city isn't living within its means is simply not true.

"As our finance department works diligently to close the books on 2010, we know that in actuality, your city government spent several hundred-thousand dollars less than we received in revenues, with our reserve accounts remaining stable," she said. "This was only achieved by competent financial management and constant attention and adjustments to our new financial realities."

Read the full story in the Jan. 27 edition of ThisWeek Rocky Fork Enterprise.