The upcoming November election for Upper Arlington City Council pits Sue Ralph, a longtime community volunteer, against Omar Ganoom, a longtime UA resident with an extensive background in both public and private finance.

To the Editor:

The upcoming November election for Upper Arlington City Council pits Sue Ralph, a longtime community volunteer, against Omar Ganoom, a longtime UA resident with an extensive background in both public and private finance.

UA faces some truly momentous financial issues in the near term future. The UA parks master plan, which Council has promised to publish in 2017, could involve expenditures in the tens of millions of dollars. The EPA has a consent decree against the city because of pollution caused by our antiquated sewer system. Estimates to fix it are over $100 million.

Superintendent Paul Imhoff has recommended spending more than $300 million to rebuild most of our school buildings.

Add to this the ongoing obligation to fund teacher, fire, police and city employee pensions and health care and one can begin to appreciate the magnitude of our financial challenges.

Sue Ralph's history of volunteerism for numerous UA organizations is admirable and commendable. However, this skill set is not a good fit for these times.

Omar Ganoom has a master's degree in public administration from Ohio State University. He oversaw $300 million in annual budgets for the city of Houston, Texas. He was director of Management and Budget for New Haven, Conn. He was a deputy treasury secretary for the state of Ohio. He is now in the private sector with a firm specializing in public finance.

Given these facts, Omar Ganoom seems to be the logical choice at this critical time for a seat on UA City Council.

Terry McKee

Upper Arlington