The petitions of three mayoral hopefuls in Gahanna have been certified for the May primary.

The petitions of Laurie Jadwin, 1222 Pond Hollow Lane; Ryan Jolley, 225 W. Johnstown Road; and Stephen Renner, 740 Quaker Ridge Court, were certified Feb. 19, according to the Franklin County Board of Elections.

The top two vote getters in the May 7 primary will advance to the Nov. 5 General Election.

Jadwin, 56, has worked as the executive director of the Gahanna Visitors and Convention Bureau since 2013.

Jolley, 36, works in the Gahanna Department of Public Service and Engineering. He is a former Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools school board member and Gahanna City Council member.

Renner, 52, is director of the Franklin County Department of Sanitary Engineering, which provides water and sewer services to the county’s unincorporated areas. He is a member of Gahanna City Council, serving Ward 1.

Gahanna voters also will decide a proposed income tax-rate increase, changing the city’s rate from 1.5 to 2.5 percent, and increasing the tax credit from 83.33 to 100 percent for those who pay municipal taxes elsewhere.

If approved, 75 percent of the revenue resulting from the increase would be dedicated for capital improvements and equipment for infrastructure, public safety, municipal facilities or parks and recreation, to include but not be limited to streets, buildings, parks facilities, trails and playground elements, maintenance and repair of the equipment and paying debt service for such purposes.

The other 25 percent would fund operations for public safety, public service or parks and recreation to include but not be limited to police protection, 911 emergency services, snow removal, streetlight and traffic-signal maintenance and recreation programs.

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