Nicholas Amicucci, Marjorie Brant and Jeff Davis are running for the seat. Ward 2 council member Gregory Grinch didn't file for re-election.

Residents of Grove City's Ward 2 on Nov. 8 will select their city council representative from among three candidates.

Nicholas Amicucci, Marjorie Brant and Jeff Davis are running for the seat. Ward 2 council member Gregory Grinch didn't file for re-election.

Amicucci, a lifetime Grove City resident, works as a firefighter paramedic at the Jackson Township Fire Department, spent eight years as an Army medic and also worked as a nursing assistant at the Grant Medical Center.

"I've been in the public service industry my entire adult life," Amicucci said. "I've tried to tailor what I do to help the most people that I can."

The city could do different things to help different people, he said. The city could get involved in providing tuition aid for needy college students' education, he said. "A lot of people can't get student loans" or government aid.

Amicucci lists housing and jobs as the city's most-pressing needs.

"In my neighborhood alone, there's foreclosure and for sale signs all over the place," he said. He said some home values have decreased drastically in the city. The city could look into providing loans to homeowners, he said, saying since the city gives loans to businesses, "we could also help out our neighborhoods." Still, he said he's not looking to put the city into any financial constraints.

Amicucci also wants to help retired and senior citizens. Many seniors can't maintain their homes or need assistance cleaning their houses and providing proper maintenance.

Regarding the city's IRS debt issue, he said the city needs to have "transparency, period." If there's an issue, the city should tell the public. The budget also needs to be a public matter, he said.

The citizens need to be aware of any discrepancies, he said, saying checks and balances should be put into place without creating more bureaucracy.

Marjorie Brant, a 27-year Grove City resident, works as an adjunct professor for Jacksonville State and Tiffin universities. She also is a self-employed attorney, working with her twin sons, John and Douglas.

Brant said she has a willingness to serve. "I think I've demonstrated my community involvement in a number of ways over the years," she said.

Her training as an attorney "can be of benefit to the council and the council's operation," she said. She also said she attempts to build a consensus as opposed to mandating a particular path.

"I want to contribute my time and talents toward helping the city to thrive and to grow," she said. "Service on council seems a good way to make that contribution.

"I think we need to put a little more emphasis on planned and systematic growth for the city," Brant said. She also considers it a priority to maintain the city's sound fiscal foundation.

The city also needs to continue to make sure it has a safe and family-friendly community. Brant said she would like to see what the city could do to support an effort for adult educational opportunities. "I think you need that for job retraining and for job growth," she said. "I think that would be a service to the people of our community."

Brant said the city came through its IRS debt issue in good shape, since it didn't have to borrow, or draw down its reserves to an unacceptable level.

"I think the financial management has been sound," she said. Still, the city has to be certain that additional auditing safeguards are in place to minimize potential for something similar happening again, she said.

A 23-year resident, Jeff Davis works as director of government relations with the Ohio Provider Resource Association, which represents providers who serve individuals with developmental disabilities. He also was deputy director for the State Department of Developmental Disabilities, doing agency budgeting for a $1.5 billion department.

"That's very similar if not identical" to the nature of what city council does, he said.

Grove City is a wonderful community with a lot of challenges, Davis said. "I think there is an urgency to those challenges," he said, and he can help create a working environment where the city can meet its challenges.

The city also has growth and development issues. The town center is "virtually no different than it was four years ago," Davis said. The city needs to decide what to do with the soon-to-be-vacant Beulah Park, and the area surrounding the Interstate 71 and state Route 665 interchange.

"We need to decide what kind of a face we put on that entrance to Grove City," he said.

Grove City's most pressing need is managing its growth and development with a vision, Davis said. "We need to be accountable in our local government," he said, citing the city's recent tax payment issues. "It's not rocket science to put in an oversight process," he said.

The city also needs to make sure it fosters cultural development. "We need to make sure that our basic cultural amenities keep up with our growth," he said, which is part of council's responsibility.
Davis said people still have questions about the IRS issue. The community expects accountability and integrity. "I don't think in a community of our size that that's too much to ask," he said.