The candidates running in this year's Clintonville Area Commission election have issued statements at the request of elections committee chairwoman Ann Henkener.
Districts 4, 5 and 7 are up for election this year, and those seeking to fill the posts in 4 and 5 are pretty much assured of doing so.
Only incumbent Judy Minister is a candidate in District 4, while Dana Bagwell, formerly the District 5 representative, is the lone person seeking that seat after Matthew Cull opted not to run again.
A new representative is guaranteed for residents of District 7, where current commission member Jason Meek also opted not to seek another term.
District 7 candidates are John Eschenbrenner and Michael Weinman.
Early voting, for those not able to cast ballots on the regularly scheduled date for the election, May 5, will be May 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3909 N. High St. The official voting is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 in the same location.
The following are excerpts from the statements issued by the candidates. They appear in full on the website of the CAC, clintonvilleareacommission.org, with the exception of Bagwell's, which she was unable to provide by the deadline.
Minister: "I enjoyed serving my neighbors as a first-term CAC commissioner for District 4. I've learned a great deal about our evolving business district and the city of Columbus' processes for reviewing building and zoning requests. This may sound surprising, being a real-estate broker and business owner since 1995, but there is truly always more to learn."
Eschenbrenner: "I would like to see development projects that make sense for the area served in terms of zoning, parking, infrastructure support, community backing, architectural design and good financial sense. Improving the ability to walk from our houses to local restaurants and retail outlets is important, and the infrastructure to support this could and would be invasive; however, the idea of connectivity, growth and welfare improves with the simplicity of our day-to-day lives."
Weinman: "The Clintonville Area Commission position calls for someone who can work well with others, listen carefully, communicate ideas clearly, and find solutions to challenges and opportunities that present themselves. For the past 15 years, I have used similar skills, working as a public-policy and law-enforcement liaison on behalf of the Columbus Police Department and the Ohio (Fraternal Order of Police). Now, I am seeking an elected position for the first time, because I want to give back to a community that has given so much to my family and me."
Bagwell: "I am excited to be rejoining the Clintonville Area Commission. Over the past three years, although I have not held the official title of commissioner, I have continued to be involved and in tune with neighborhood issues. My absolute favorite part of public service is helping people. If a resident has a question, I will find an answer. I have a unique perspective as a lifelong resident, and am truly invested in the neighborhood. Community service is of the utmost importance in my life, and I look forward to serving my neighborhood and its residents."