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School board race provides only Election Day drama

Five aim for three board seats; council races unopposed

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Election Day will be largely devoid of suspense in the Tri-Village area, with only one local race contested.

Voters will choose from among five candidates for three Grandview school board seats Tuesday, Nov. 5. The elections for Grandview City Council and Marble Cliff Village Council are uncontested.

Incumbent school board President Grant Douglass and former Grandview Heights High School Principal Jesse Truett will face off against three write-in candidates: Stephanie Evans, Sandy Kipp and John Leutz.

Douglass is completing his first term on the board.

He owns several businesses, including Hanlin Rainaldi Construction Corp. as well as agricultural and light-manufacturing companies.

"I believe public education is extremely important and it's important for everybody," Douglass said. "And it's important for everyone to receive an outstanding education."

Evans owns Stephanie Evans Photography and previously served as the executive director of the National Kidney Foundation of Ohio.

"I think I can bring my vision and passion for the visual and musical arts to the board," she said.

Kipp retired last June after serving 22 years as board secretary.

"I care about Grandview schools and want to give back and help us maintain all the good things happening here," she said.

Leutz was Grandview's mayor from June 1992 through 1999 and served twice on City Council. He now serves as a senior policy analyst for the County Commissioners Association of Ohio.

"I think what I bring to the table is I don't have any hidden agendas or preconceived notions," he said. "I'm open to considering any idea for how the Grandview Heights City School District can make sure it continues to provide a quality education to each individual student."

Truett served two years as Grandview High School principal and for the last two years has been a senior director at the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

"I really believe I can add value to the school board because of my background and experience working in education," he said.

In the City Council race, Anthony Panzera is the only incumbent running for re-election.

Steve Reynolds, Susan Jagers and P'Elizabeth Koelker all chose not to run and will step down at the end of the year.

Greta Kearns, Stephen Papineau and Chris Smith join Panzera on the ballot for the four council seats.

Panzera is completing his third term on council.

He is a real-estate agent with Celeste & Associates and is a property owner and manager.

Kearns is an attorney with Squire Sanders, where she has experience representing both private and public clients and also represented the state of Ohio during her stint as assistant attorney general.

Papineau is president of Shelby Management, a real-estate investment firm.

Smith is a locally practicing attorney. He previously served as an assistant attorney general-appellate division in West Virginia and as the Ohio House Democratic caucus legal counsel.

Incumbents Matt Cincione, Jack Kukura and Linda Siefkas are running for re-election to Marble Cliff Village Council. Council President David Roark will give up his seat at the end of the year.

Former Grandview City Council member Dow Voelker also is on the ballot.

Cincione is completing his third term. He is a partner in the Butler, Cincione and DiCuccio law firm.

Kukura has served on council since June 2007. He is chief of acquisitions for Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing.

Siefkas has served one term on council. She owns Siefkas Public Relations.

Voelker served on Grandview City Council in the 1990s. He is a real-estate attorney.

Residents of two Grandview precincts will vote on liquor options on Election Day.

La Tavola, the former Powell-based Italian cafe opening at 1664 W. First Ave., is seeking approval of Sunday sales from voters in Precinct B.

Rancho Alegre, a Mexican restaurant at 1075 Dublin Road, also is seeking Sunday sales. Voters in Precinct C will see this option on their ballots.

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