Whitehall voters Nov. 7 will choose City Council representatives in each of the city's four wards.

The eight-candidate council field -- slightly narrowed down from nine in the May primary -- includes three incumbents.

In Ward 4, incumbent Councilman Van Gregg is precluded from re-election because of term limits.

Council's three at-large seats and the mayor's position will be up for election in 2019.

To view a map of Whitehall's council wards, visit tinyurl.com/whitehallmap.

In the only other race for municipal office this year, Auditor Dan Miller is unopposed on the ballot.

Voters also will select members of the Whitehall school board Nov. 7.

Five candidates are seeking the three open board seats.

Board candidates will be profiled Oct. 26 in ThisWeek Whitehall News.

Ward 1

Gerald Dixon, 56, a 1980 graduate of Whitehall-Yearling High School, is making his second attempt at elected office after losing a campaign for an at-large council seat in 2015.

"I will bring a unique perspective to our City Council," said Dixon, a member of the Screen Actors Guild who lived in Los Angeles and New York before returning to Whitehall.

Employed as a server in the fine-restaurant market, Dixon said he has been active in the community, often focusing on the city's code-enforcement policies.

Dixon said he was at times "fed up" with being "on the outside."

"The only way to make a difference is to be on the inside," he said.

"My priority, if elected, will be to diligently honor my oath to support the Constitution (and) for your rights, for your liberty and for your freedoms," Dixon said.

His opponent, Chris Rodriguez, is the longest-tenured council member.

Rodriguez has served as either a Ward 1 or at-large councilman since 2002.

A graduate of a high school in northwestern Ohio, Rodriguez, 57, is a commercial claims specialist for Nationwide Insurance.

"It's an exciting time," said Rodriguez.

"There is a lot of momentum in our city and I want to continue serving our residents to keep moving in a positive direction."

If re-elected, Rodriguez said continuing to grow the city's economic-development initiatives and controlling crime are his top priorities.

Ward 2

Joanna Heck, 31, is seeking her first elected office in Whitehall.

"I'm ready to represent the families in the community I serve and where I am raising my own family," said Heck, who holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Ohio State University.

Heck is a child care director for the YMCA of Central Ohio.

If elected, Heck said her priorities would include providing the city's youth with a greater number of recreational opportunities and developing initiatives to thwart central Ohio's opiate epidemic within Whitehall.

Lee Stahley, 24, is a 2011 graduate of Whitehall-Yearling High School.

He was appointed to City Council in January 2016 to fill the unexpired term of Wes Kantor, who was elected to an at-large seat.

Stahley is employed at West Point Optical and enrolled at Southern New Hampshire University.

If elected, Stahley said his primary goals would include collaborating with the YMCA of Central Ohio on parks and recreation programming in the city.

"I also want to continue to working with our fire and police departments to develop and maintain programs that enhance the safety of our citizens," Stahley said.

Ward 3

Larry Morrison, 68, a U.S. Army veteran and retiree from Lucent Technologies, is completing his first term on Whitehall City Council.

Morrison said he wants to continue serving the city "in its forward progress" and to be part of its continuing economic-development opportunities.

"Whitehall has enjoyed economic growth, but there are many more opportunities," Morrison said.

If re-elected, Morrison said his goals include collaborating with others to mitigate opiate abuse in the community.

Paul Werther, 57, is a 1978 graduate of Whitehall-Yearling High School.

He is making his second attempt at elected office, having lost an at-large council bid in 2007.

"I'm running to give people a choice," said Werther, a route driver for National Kidney Services.

"I've been going to council meetings for years and, if elected, I will come to council with an open mind," he said.

Werther said his goals in office would include continuing the city's economic-development initiatives and addressing drug-related issues.

Ward 4

Appearing on Whitehall's ballot for the first time, Lori Elmore, 53, said she is seeking election "to be an active voice and participant in the process of keeping Whitehall moving forward."

A graduate of Ohio Dominican University, Elmore is organizing director of the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association.

She serves on the Whitehall Board of Zoning and Building Appeals and the Whitehall School Superintendent Advisory Group.

If elected, Elmore said her goals are initiating safety-based programs, job- and career-readiness programs, and "to collectively work with council members to proffer initiatives that benefit our community."

Leslie LaCorte, 55, a 1980 graduate of Whitehall-Yearling High School, said she wants to continue her "passion" for serving the residents of Whitehall.

The two-term councilwoman lost a bid for mayor in 2015.

"I can relate to my citizens and I know my people," said LaCorte, a payment solution specialist at Data Alliance.

LaCorte said she believes her mayoral campaign was a catalyst for the positive changes the city has experienced in the past two years.

"I'm a lifelong Whitehall resident; public service is in my blood," she said. "I want to get back to serving our residents and keeping Whitehall the community I knew growing up ... especially our inner-city."

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