Bexley voters will see one school levy and several candidates on local races when they head to the polls this fall.

CORRECTION: Bexley City Council candidate Michael Lange's name was omitted inadvertently from an earlier version of this list.

Bexley voters will see one school levy and several candidates on local races when they head to the polls this fall.

The filing deadline with the Franklin County Board of Elections for the Nov. 5 general election was 4 p.m. Aug. 7. The deadline for write-in candidates is Aug. 26.

All candidates and issues must be certified by the elections board by Aug. 27.

Military and overseas voting begins Sept. 20; early in-person and absentee voting for others begins Oct. 8.

In addition to a 3.1-mill renewal levy for Franklin County Children Services, the following races will be on the ballot in Bexley:

Bexley City Schools

Bexley City Schools is seeking a 9-mill continuing (permanent) operating levy. If approved, the levy is expected to generate about $5 million per year for the district and cost residents approximately $315 annually per $100,000 of home market value, according to the district’s estimates. Collection would begin in 2020, according to information on the district’s website: bexleyschools.org/LevyInformation.aspx.

Bexley Board of Education

Incumbent: Mike Denison

Challengers: Sarah Ackman, Alissha Mitchell, Victoria Powers and April Walsh.

Incumbent not running: Melissa Lacroix

Lacroix said her family was a major factor in her decision not to seek reelection after two terms.

"My family has expanded to include more grandchildren out of state, my husband has retired and my travel plans are filled with adventures still to come," she said.

Lacroix said some district accomplishments that she is most proud of during her tenure include creating the position of director of student and community engagement to address students' non-academic barriers to success; the adoption of gender identity and expression and nondiscrimination policies; moving sixth grade from the elementary schools to Bexley Middle School; hiring Superintendent Kimberly Pietsch Miller and Treasurer Kyle Smith; and completing the district's strategic plan.

"I am proud of all the work we have done as a board and this has been a tremendous learning experience for me," Lacroix said. "We have not only committed ourselves to the whole student's education and experiences today, but we have kept our eye on the direction we are heading in the future. I have valued every opportunity to interact with our administration, faculty and students."

Bexley mayor

Incumbent Ben Kessler is running unopposed.

Bexley City Council (nonpartisan)

Incumbents: Mary Gottesman and Troy Markham

Challengers: Joel Greff, Matt Klingler, Michael Lange, Meagan Matteson, Ian Nickey, Jen Robinson and Jessica Saad.

Incumbents not running: Steve Keyes and Tim Madison

Incumbents not running: Steve Keyes, Tim Madison

Keyes said he decided not to seek reelection after two terms because he wants to devote more time to community service beyond council, having been recently appointed to the board of Jewish Family Services.

"That's an organization that helps refugees and others to feel welcome in our community and has made one of the strongest contributions to reducing poverty and income inequality," he said. "That's what's next for me in terms of helping our state and community become a better place."

Keyes said some of the city's accomplishments he's most proud of during his tenure include funding improvements to the city's aging water and sewer infrastructure by implementing a capital fee in local water bills; modernizing the zoning code; and passing an ordinance that prohibits discrimination of all kinds, including against those in the LGBT community.

Madison also decided not to seek reelection after two terms.

"Eight years is just enough," Madison said. "My hope is eventually charter review (scheduled to convene this fall) will change council to three terms and have it term-limited to 12 years."

Madison said some city accomplishments he's most proud of during his tenure are council passing the nondiscrimination ordinance, a resolution urging the state legislature to adopt "reasonable" gun laws and an ordinance banning drivers from using handheld devices while behind the wheel. Also, during his service as council president in 2016 and 2017, Madison cited such accomplishments as having the mayor and department heads submit written reports to council; having each council member and committee submit goals; and hosting community leaders and local, state and national politicians who represent Bexley to speak at council meetings.

editorial@thisweeknews.com

@ThisWeekNews