With only two candidates on the Nov. 5 ballot, the race for the South-Western City Schools board is uncontested.

The candidates are incumbent Robert Ragland of Pinnacle Drive in Grove City and Anthony Caldwell of Maple Valley Drive in Columbus.

Board President Mindy Garverick is not seeking reelection.

Caldwell, 38, previously ran for the school board in 2017.

He is public-affairs director for the Service Employees International Union.

"As an active parent and community leader, I believe that together, we can build a better future for our families and our community by ensuring all students are respected, valued and given the tools and resources they need to thrive," Caldwell said.

His platform includes investing in good schools and a stronger community, increasing parent and community involvement in the district and listening and offering solutions for parents and students, he said.

Caldwell attended Youngstown State University, where he majored in marketing and public relations.

He and his wife, Amelia, have a daughter, Ashley, who is a senior at Westland High School.

Caldwell is a member of the Columbus Labor Advisory Committee and the Central Ohio Labor Council. He is vice president of Westland's Vocal Music Boosters and a member of the school's band and athletic boosters.

Ragland, 54, is a financial-accounting technician with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.

He was appointed to the school board in August 2016 after Randy Reisling resigned. He was elected to the remaining two years of Reisling's term in 2017.

"I'm a firm believer in and supporter of public school education," Ragland said.

Before he joined the board, Ragland served on the West Franklin Elementary School and Franklin Heights High School PTAs, the district's levy committee in 2005 and the Community Advisory Group, which was formed in 2009 after the failure of a school levy.

"The mission of the National PTA is to promote the education, health, welfare and safety of students," Ragland said. "That's the reason I got involved in the PTA to begin with. And serving on the board was a way for me to take that mission to the next step.

"We have a good diverse group of people serving on the board, and I want to continue to be part of the work we do," he said.

Ragland earned a degree in business from Columbus State Community College.

His wife, Sheila, serves as the vice president of the South-Western Council of PTAs and his son, Robert Jr., is assistant band director at Franklin Heights High School.

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