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Leadership UA hosts Oct. 10 Candidates Night


Leadership UA will host an Oct. 10 forum where residents can meet candidates for Upper Arlington City Council and school board and learn about the Upper Arlington school district's levy request on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Candidates vying for each of four Upper Arlington City Council seats in the Nov. 5 election, as well as those running for two seats on the Upper Arlington school board, have been invited to take part in Leadership UA's annual Candidates and Issues Night, to be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road.

Additionally, school officials will be on hand to discuss details of the district's 4-mill continuing operating levy, which also will be on the Nov. 5 ballot.

"Leadership UA has been around for 30 years and we've been doing Candidates and Issues Night at least 10 years," said Marianne Mitchell, president of the Leadership UA board of directors. "Leadership UA believes in the value of participation and involvement in local politics.

"We want to do everything we can to engage people."

Council incumbents John Adams, David DeCapua and Debbie Johnson will seek to retain their seats for the next four years, while Carolyn Casper and Kip Greenhill hope to garner enough votes to join council.

The five are running for four seats. In addition to those held by the incumbents, current council Vice President Frank Ciotola's seat will be up for grabs because term limits will prevent him from running again.

On the school side, three candidates are running for two school board seats.

Eric Colombo Sr., Matt McClellan and Carol Mohr are seeking seats currently filled by board President Robert Arkin and Marge Pizzuti, whose terms both expire Dec. 31.

Arkin and Pizzuti opted not to run for re-election after serving on the Upper Arlington Board of Education since they were elected in 2001.

Upper Arlington schools are seeking passage of Issue 52, a 4-mill continuing operating levy that district officials have said would generate about $6.3 million in annual revenue and cost homeowners an additional $140 per year for every $100,000 in home value.

"We want to stress this is a really nonpartisan type of event," Mitchell said.

Leadership UA is a nonprofit organization that promotes leadership skills, knowledge of community issues and civic participation among people living and working in Upper Arlington.

Mitchell said the first 30 minutes of Candidates and Issues Night will allow voters the opportunity to meet candidates for each office, and to talk with school district officials.

From there, candidates and school officials will provide brief presentations about their candidacies and the issues. A question-and-answer forum moderated by Brad Mitchell of Battelle for Kids will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.

Leadership UA will accept submissions of potential questions to be posed to candidates and school officials related to their candidacies and the school's levy through Oct. 8.

Questions may be submitted via email to info@leadershipua.org.

"We have questions submitted to us so we can kind of get the flavor of what the community wants to know," Mitchell said. "It's a moderated forum. It's not really a debate."

Candidates and Issues Night is free and open to the public. For more information about the event or Leadership UA, visit leadershipua.org.