Three file to run for two UA school board seats
Three Upper Arlington residents hope to run in November for two school board seats.
Eric Colombo Sr., Matt McClellan and Carol Mohr filed petitions with the Franklin County Board of Elections by the Aug. 7 deadline to run for board seats currently filled by board President Robert Arkin and Marge Pizzuti.
Their terms both expire Dec. 31. Both opted not to run for re-election after serving on the Upper Arlington Board of Education since they were elected in 2001.
The elections board has until Aug. 19 to certify candidate petitions. The names of candidates whose petitions are certified will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Colombo is a vice president with Commerce National Bank and is a 1989 graduate of Upper Arlington High School.
He said his strong financial background and "deep understanding of the community" are key reasons he decided to seek a four-year term on the school board.
"I am looking forward to having the opportunity to share my capabilities as a seasoned financial services professional to address the complex challenges and opportunities the UA school district faces in educating this community's most precious resource: our children," he said.
Colombo said he has more than 22 years of experience in banking and financial services. He held previous positions at Arlington Bank, Huntington National Bank and National City Bank.
He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and finance from Ohio State University in 1994.
Colombo and his wife, Megan, have six children, ages 2 to 15.
McClellan is president of Miles-McClellan Construction Co. Inc. He said his extensive experience as a business executive could be an asset to the school board.
"I believe that my more than 20 years of experience leading the development operations of a $65-million construction company and an involvement in a diverse range of UA and Columbus community activities provide the necessary background to assume this pivotal position on the board of education," he said.
He earned a bachelor's degree in business and finance from Miami University and a master's degree in business from Ohio State University.
He has been involved in a number of business and civic organizations, including UA Boosters, UA Community Improvement Corp. and the UA Civic Association.
McClellan and his wife, Kristin, also a graduate of UAHS and Miami University, have four children, ages 14 to 22.
Mohr has lived in Upper Arlington for the past 20 years.
She is a freelance editor who travels around the state teaching ACT preparation courses.
She has been involved in a number of parent association groups connected with the school district. Her two children graduated from Upper Arlington High School.
Mohr said the failure of the school levy in November prompted her decision to run for a school board seat.
"When the last levy did not pass in Upper Arlington, I was heartbroken," she said. "I was really concerned about the quality of our school district and I believe that by serving on the school board, I can help make sure we work toward keeping a quality school district."
Mohr earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
School board members Robin Comfort, Stacey Royer and Nancy Drees will be up for re-election in 2015.