When well-known Clintonville Area Commission veteran D Searcy decided not to seek another term as District 9 representative, B.J. White thought her experience as a real-estate agent could make her a worthy replacement.
White, who was born in Columbus and grew up in Logan, is the only candidate seeking to replace Searcy, who served 12 years on the commission.
Voting for Districts 1, 2 and 9 takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3909 N. High St.
The District 2 contest is the only opposed race of the three; candidates Matt Brown and Khara Nemitz will battle to replace Nancy Kuhel. In District 1, incumbent David Vottero is the sole candidate.
White will take over for Searcy in District 9, which roughly includes the section of Clintonville between Morse Road and the Worthington border, except unincorporated Sharon Township and some neighborhoods bordering the Graceland Shopping Center and Ohio School for the Deaf.
White graduated from Ohio State University in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in music and women's studies.
She is a real-estate agent with Core Ohio Realty Advisors.
"During my self-financed college career, I would often visit the Graceland Shopping Center for necessary provisions or visit Coyle Music, longtime staples of Clintonville," White wrote in an email to ThisWeek Booster. "I fondly recall being enamored by the High Street corridor through Clintonville while riding COTA between campus and Graceland Shopping Center. This is why I was attracted to this part of Clintonville when my wife of 28 years, Kari Engen, and I purchased our first home in 1999."
White said her professional experience ranges from marketing and financial services to her career as a residential real-estate agent since 2005.
"District 9 is often seen as an outlier, sometimes referred to as not really Clintonville," White wrote. "That's unfortunate, because there is so much vibrancy here, as well as the other eight districts. It's important to me that all of Clintonville be represented with vigor.
"After listening to my neighbors, and learning from those who have been here longer than I, it became clear that I could bring those views to the commission, and I could use my experiences from representing current or potential Clintonville homeowners as a Realtor, to the benefit of our district, currently just over 1,900 households."
White said she has a lot to learn, not only from her future fellow commissioners and committee members, but from her District 9 neighbors and other Clintonville residents.
"It is my intention and obligation to represent and advocate for District 9 and to work in concert with all of Clintonville to the best of my abilities," she said.