Hilliard's Stephanie Kunze, a Republican, and Upper Arlington's Maureen Reedy, a Democrat, are running unopposed in the March 6 primary to represent their respective parties in the November general election.

Hilliard's Stephanie Kunze, a Republican, and Upper Arlington's Maureen Reedy, a Democrat, are running unopposed in the March 6 primary to represent their respective parties in the November general election.

Both candidates are seeking to represent the new District 24 in the Ohio House of Representatives.

The new district consists of most of Hilliard (Wards 1, 2, 3, and Precincts A, B, E, F, G in Ward 4); all of Upper Arlington; Brown and Pleasant townships; Harrisburg; and parts of Columbus, Franklin, Norwich, Perry, Prairie, Sharon and Washington townships.

Kunze, 41, is a member of Hilliard City Council and was the top vote-getter for council in the 2009 election. Prior to joining council, she was a secretary at Norwich Elementary and worked on former Councilwoman Kim Allison's campaign. A graduate of Indiana University, Kunze is married and has two daughters. She is a member of the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church at Mill Run, Franklin County Republican Party Central Committee, Hilliard Area Republican Club and Capital Area Republican Women.

"This was just an opportunity that doesn't come along very often to have a completely brand new House seat," Kunze said when asked why she decided to run. "My heart has always been in service to others, whether it be my family or the community."

Democrat Maureen Reedy, 53, is a teacher at Wickliffe Progressive Community School in Upper Arlington. In her 29th year of teaching, Reedy was named Teacher of the Year for the Upper Arlington school district in 2001 and was named Ohio Teacher of the Year in 2002. Reedy has been active in Fund for Children and Public Education, the Ohio Education Association, and the Upper Arlington Education Association.

She is a graduate of Eastmoor High School and earned undergraduate and master's degrees in education from The Ohio State University.

Reedy is married and has two children.

Recently, she was active in the statewide movement to repeal Senate Bill 5.

Reedy said she is running for the 24th District seat because she's worried.

"I am worried that economic and public education opportunities are slipping away for Ohio's citizens today and for our children in the years to come," she said. "I am worried that despite our hard work as parents and our lifelong investment in our homes and communities, we are struggling against more obstacles than ever before to achieve the same standard of living that we have had in the past.

"I am running for state representative so that I can join others in creating and voting on legislation that values, respects and supports all Ohioans and sustains and supports a public education system where our students can learn and thrive."

Republican Cheryl Grossman represented all of Hilliard in the 23rd House District until this year. Changes to district boundaries mean she will only represent Hilliard's Precincts C and D in Ward 4.

Grossman will be seeking a third term in November. She will likely face Hilliard Democrat Traci Johnson in the November general election.