The school district's 6.9-mill operating levy tops the list of local items on the Nov. 4 ballot for Reynoldsburg voters.

The school district's 6.9-mill operating levy tops the list of local items on the Nov. 4 ballot for Reynoldsburg voters.

Reynoldsburg voters will also help choose a Congressman, two members of the Ohio House of Representatives, two Franklin County commissioners, a county coroner and a county treasurer, among others.

The school levy, if passed, will cost homeowners an additional $211 a year for each $100,000 of valuation. District officials have said the additional money from the levy is needed to sustain current levels of programming and to get the district through the opening of a new elementary school and high school.

In the race for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, incumbent Republican Pat Tiberi is being challenged by Democrat David Robinson and Libertarian Steven R. Linnabary.

Tiberi said his main goals as a congressman are to help his constituents improve their daily lives, whether by helping them cut through bureaucratic red tape when getting a passport, receiving their Social Security benefits, or making sure veterans get the services they need and deserve.

Robinson, a vice president of family-owned Marcy Enterprises Inc., said he's running for Congress to limit special-interest influence on Capitol Hill, and to introduce new concepts for creating jobs and growing the economy.

Linnabary, a project representative for Columbus-based Resource International Inc., said as congressman, he wants to help open the election process to third-party candidates across the nation. He believes the federal government should ease regulation of all fuel technologies and production. He also believes all citizens pay too much in taxes and has said something needs to be done about record-high national budget deficits.

In the 19th district Ohio House race, Democrat Marian Harris, Republican Brad Lewis and Libertarian Michael Johnson are seeking election.

Both Harris, a community relations and public affairs consultant, and Lewis, the current Franklin County coroner, have said health care is one of the top issues on their agendas. Johnson, an IT professional, said he wants to fix Ohio's economy by reducing the tax and regulatory burdens and promote policies that foster locally generated renewable energy sources, and improve the quality of education in Ohio.

In the 20th Ohio House District race, incumbent Republican Jim McGregor is being challenged by Democrat Nancy Garland, director and CEO of the Ohio Physical Therapy Association.

Garland said it is imperative to increase the accessibility and affordability of health care. She said she will put middle-class families first, grow jobs by building on Ohio's manufacturing businesses and provide incentives for business to come to and stay in Ohio.

McGregor said the current health care system is excellent and while payment systems are independent and unconnected and individuals fall through the gaps, he said he wants to see individuals have the ability to have their own health care accounts and buy insurance that fits their needs.

Two Franklin County commissioner seats will be filled Nov. 4.

Former Canal Winchester mayor Jeffery J. Miller, a Republican, and Democrat John O'Grady, Franklin County's current clerk of common pleas court are seeking election to a term that will start Jan. 3, 2009.

Republican Angel Rhodes, director of the graduate program in school counseling for the University of Dayton at Capital University, and incumbent Paula Brooks, a Democrat, are seeking election to a term that starts Jan. 2, 2009.

Rhodes said she will bring back fiscal responsibility and integrity to the seat and will aggressively pursue economic development. Brooks said she will ensure fiscal responsibility and plans to make sure young people succeed in life by setting a strategic vision for early learning that leverages public and private spending.

Miller said he will represent taxpayers first and will work to retain jobs, encourage successful businesses to expand and work to foster a regional approach to development.

O'Grady said he will help continue to foster economic growth and job development and work with political and business leaders to stem the foreclosure crisis, create jobs, encourage investment and promote financial stability for families.

Reynoldsburg resident Stephanie McCloud, a Republican, is running for the Franklin County treasurer's seat against incumbent Edward Leonard, a Democrat.

Leonard said he has worked hard to improve customer service and office efficiency by implementing a new, user-friendly tax bill and new, more efficient payment process. He said he will maintain the office's foreclosure-prevention efforts to help homeowners stay in their homes.

McCloud, an assistant vice president and corporate counsel for Sedgwick CMS, a national claims management services company, said she wants to streamline the office into a more efficient operation and believes there is an opportunity for better oversight of tax-dollar investments.

Democrat Jan M. Gorniak and Republican Elaine Lewis are seeking election as county coroner, both citing experience as reasons for their candidacies. Lewis is married to current coroner Bradley Lewis, who is seeking election to the Ohio House. She said her 17 years experience as an internist and running her private medical practice have made her best choice to be coroner.

Gorniak, a forensic pathologist, said she worked for Brad Lewis until she announced her intent to run for the office and was dismissed. She said she believes that a county the size of Franklin should have a full-time coroner who is an experienced pathologist. She intends to combine her previous forensic-pathologist position with that of coroner, which she said would save taxpayers $100,000.

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