The election for the 23rd Ohio House seat in November will pit two candidates familiar to Grove City voters against each other.

The election for the 23rd Ohio House seat in November will pit two candidates familiar to Grove City voters against each other.

Grove City Councilwoman Laura Lanese, a Republican, will face off against South-Western City Schools board member Lee Schreiner, a Democrat.

They are running for the seat currently held by state Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City), who is not eligible to run because of term limits.

Ohio House District 23 includes Grove City, Jackson Township and Urbancrest as well as portions of Hilliard, west Columbus and Norwich, Prairie and Franklin townships.

Lanese unanimously was selected earlier this month by the Franklin County Republican party as its candidate for the seat.

She is serving in her second term as the at-large representative on city council.

"I love what I'm doing at the local level on Grove City Council and I'm excited about having the opportunity to take that to a higher level," Lanese said. "I want to continue my advocacy for transparency, accountability and communication at the state level."

Her focus as a candidate will be on the issues of limited government, fiscal accountability and "protecting our most vulnerable citizens, including the elderly and young people," she said.

Limiting government would help make it easier for small businesses and entrepreneurs to succeed, Lanese said.

"We also should strive for greater fiscal accountability so that taxpayers know where their money is going," she said.

Lanese said she believes her varied background, including working as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, as a writer and local historian, a city council member and her military experience with the Ohio Air National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve, would be an asset as a state representative.

"I think it's helpful to have state leaders with a diverse background, rather than someone who has been involved in only one area, whether it's the legal field or education," she said.

Lanese and her husband, Mike, have lived in Grove City since 1999. They have three children.

Schreiner is in the third year of his first full term on the South-Western school board. He was appointed in 2013 to complete the term of a board member who moved out of state.

"I hate to use that old phrase of wanting to give back the community or paying it forward, but that really sums it up," Schreiner said of his decision to run for the Ohio House.

"I believe I have something valuable to offer and bring to the statehouse from the knowledge and, I hope wisdom, I've gained over the years working in education and serving in other capacities," he said.

"I'm a lifelong learner. I always do my homework and research before it's time to make a decision," he said.

Schreiner worked 37 years as a gifted-education teacher in South-Western schools before his retirement in 2011.

He has served on the board of directors of the Ohio Education Association and National Education Association and also served as the chairman of the NEA Social Security Fairness Task Force in Washington, D.C.

"In those roles and others, I've spent a lot of time testifying before committees about issues," Schreiner said.

He said his background in education would bring a valuable perspective to the ongoing debate about how to improve education in Ohio.

"But I think education is an important part of every issue we have before us, whether it's jobs and the economy, mental health, housing or crime," he said.

Schreiner and his wife, Jane, have two sons and one grandchild.