Pickerington Times-Sun

Nov. 5 general election

Voters to elect board members, trustees, councilmen


Pickerington and Violet Township voters will be electing members of the Pickerington Local School District Board of Education and the Violet Township Board of Trustees and city residents will also be casting ballots for City Council seats when they go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.

Here's a quick look at who is on the ballot in the local races:

School board

Three Pickerington School Board seats will be decided Tuesday when voters in the Pickerington Local School District will select three representatives from a field of four candidates.

Incumbents Clay Lopez, Cathy Olshefski and Lori Sanders each will seek to retain their seats, while challenger Vanessa Niekamp is pursuing her first four-year term on the board.

Lopez, 38, has served on the board since 2008. He's an attorney for Amy Levine and Associates by day, and has lived in the community for 12 years.

Niekamp, 43, is executive director of the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, which regulates the funeral industry in Ohio. She has lived in the district for 15 years.

Olshefski, 52, is the board's current president. With a background in finance, management and accounting, she is seeking her second four-year term and has lived in Pickerington for more than 16 years.

The board's longest-tenured member, Sanders, is 52 and has lived in Pickerington for 27 years.

The owner of Sole Proprietor, a contracting service for school occupational therapists, and a director for Columbus Volleyball Academy, a licensed junior volleyball club, she is seeking her fifth term on the board.

Violet Township

Voters in Violet Township will determine whether incumbent trustees Terry Dunlap Sr. and Harry Myers Jr. will retain their seats or if write-in candidate Dan Griscom will unseat one of them.

They are running for two spots on the Violet Township Board of Trustees.

Dunlap, 73, is seeking his sixth term as a trustee.

Myers, 64, is seeking his fourth term as a trustee.

Griscom, 55, is the former treasurer of the Pickerington Local School District and is seeking election as a write-in candidate.

City Council

All four candidates for seats on Pickerington City Council are running unopposed.

They are Tony Barletta, Jeffrey Fix, Cristie Hammond and Brandon Ogden.

Michael Hayes contributed to this story.