Reynoldsburg News

Reynoldsburg Board of Education race

Challenger takes on three incumbents


One resident threw his hat in the ring to run in November against three current school board members for three seats on the Reynoldsburg Board of Education.

Joe Begeny and three current school board members -- Ryan Brzezinski, Andrew Swope and Elaine Tornero -- all returned nominating petitions to the Franklin County Board of Elections by the Aug. 7 deadline.

The elections board will validate candidate petitions by Aug. 19.

Begeny ran unsuccessfully for a school board seat in 2011.

He has lived in Reynoldsburg for eight years and works as a teacher with Columbus City Schools.

Begeny has two children who attended Reynoldsburg schools.

Before becoming a teacher, he worked as a human resources supervisor for United Parcel Service.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in education and a master's degree in social sciences from Ohio University.

Brzezinski is running for a second term on the school board. He was elected in 2009 and has served four years.

He is a 1987 graduate of Reynoldsburg High School and a lieutenant in the Columbus Fire Department.

Brzezinski has served as a PTO president at Taylor Road Elementary School, as a member of school levy campaigns and on the superintendent's advisory committee before he became a school board member.

Swope has had nearly 14 years experience on the school board. He, too, is a Reynoldsburg High School graduate.

He is owner of Salisbury & Swope Inc. Certified Public Accountants.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree in accounting from Otterbein College.

Tornero, a homemaker and mother of six, is running for her second term on the school board. She was elected in 2009.

She earned a bachelor of science degree in nutrition and dietetics from Kent State University.