Gahanna City Council incumbents elected to another term Nov. 7 are looking forward to helping make the city better in the future.
“I would like to thank the voters for their confidence in me to continue to advocate on their behalf on City Council in Ward 1,” said Stephen Renner, who faced challengers Stephanie Kromer and Malcolm Glasgow in the election.
“Our campaign focused on a positive message for infrastructure and community improvements to revitalize the west side,” Renner said. “For 2018, I am looking forward to working to improve safety, reduce traffic congestion through the west side intersection improvement plan and working with city administration to develop park space for the west side.”
Lastly, Renner said, he looks forward to partnering with Mayor Tom Kneeland and the city’s economic development department to help bring jobs to Gahanna.
In Ward 4, incumbent Jamie Leeseberg defeated challenger Paul Winstead.
“My wife and I chose Gahanna for the great schools, wonderful parks, festivals and small town feel,” Leeseberg said. “Our family has enjoyed all that Gahanna has to offer and it has been my honor to work with council and members of our community to ensure Gahanna continues to be a great place to live, work and play.
“I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Gahanna and appreciate your support,” he said.
According to unofficial final results from the Franklin County Board of Elections, Renner was the top vote-getter in Ward 1 with 668 votes, followed by Kromer with 556 and Glasgow with 230, or 46, 38 and 16 percent, respectively.
In Ward 4, Leeseberg was the top vote-getter with 1,323 votes, or 63 percent. Winstead received 763 votes, or 37 percent.
Incumbent Michael Schnetzer did not face a challenger in Ward 2 nor did incumbent Brian Larick in Ward 3.
The Gahanna Jefferson Board of Education had three candidates for its three open seats.
Elected were incumbents Matthew Campbell and Jennifer Chrysler, and newcomer Bryan Hairston.
According to unofficial final results, Chrysler was the top vote-getter with 5,653 votes, followed by Campbell with 4,772 and Hairston with 4,551, or 38, 32 and 30 percent, respectively.
In other election results, voters approved a local liquor option in Gahanna 2-D for Sunday sales from 11 a.m. to midnight for wine/mixed and liquor at Gahanna Lanes, 215 W. Johnstown Road.
It passed by a vote of 182 to 53, or 77 to 23 percent.