On the election trail
Candidates invited to speak at two events
Reynoldsburg voters have a couple of opportunities coming up to meet and question candidates before casting votes on Nov. 5.
Candidates for three at-large seats on Reynoldsburg City Council will speak at the Reynoldsburg Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Wesley Ridge Retirement Community, 2225 Taylor Park Road.
The candidates are incumbents Barth Cotner and Chris Long, plus challengers Dan Skinner and Preston Stearns.
Mary Hudson, chairwoman of the chamber, said people interested in attending need to register by calling 614-866-4753 or sending an email to email@example.com.
The fee for the luncheon is $12 per person for chamber members or $15 for nonmembers.
The chamber would like reservations in by Friday, Sept. 27, but there are also possible $20 walk-in reservations at 11 a.m. the day of the event.
Another opportunity to listen to candidate views -- free to the public -- is the Franklin County Consortium for Good Government's Candidate Night.
It begins at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, 1636 Graham Road.
Candidates for council and school board have been invited, along with city and township officials who are promoting Issue 23, the city income tax issue, and Issue 47, the Truro Township levy.
Issue 23 is a proposed 1-percent increase in the Reynoldsburg city income tax rate, which would raise the rate from 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent and generate about $5 million annually for the city, according to Auditor Richard Harris.
Issue 47 is a five-year, 0.75-mill operating levy for Truro Township, which would generate about $348,000 per year.
If approved by voters, it would cost homeowners an additional $22.97 per year in taxes for each $100,000 in property value. Township Administrator Jason Nicodemus said the 0.75-mill levy, if approved, would generate about $348,000 per year.
School board candidates invited to the Oct. 8 event are challenger Joseph Begeny and incumbents Ryan Brzezinski, Andrew Swope and Elaine Tornero.
Truro Township trustee incumbents Dennis Nicodemus and Barb Strussion and challenger Mike Shirey have also been invited.