Raymond Mularski and Tricia Sprankle are vying for the office of Gahanna city attorney Nov. 5.

Shane Ewald, who was elected city attorney in 2011, decided not to seek re-election.

Mularski of Creekside Green Drive has served as Gahanna's prosecutor for over 30 years.

"I am a lifelong resident of Gahanna," he said.

"I am a homeowner, local business owner, as I have had my law practice in Gahanna for 35 years and I am one of Gahanna's biggest supporters, as I graduated from Gahanna Lincoln and have protected the citizens as their prosecutor for over 30 years."

Mularski said he believes the city currently needs his experience and leadership, and he decided to step up to serve.

The 60-year-old received a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University and a law degree from Ohio State University Law School.

Mularski has been married to his wife, Carol, for 32 years, and they have a son, Brandon.

Mularski is a lifetime member of the Kiwanis, and has volunteered at the Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival for over 10 years.

He also has volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House and The Tour of the Scioto River Valley.

Sprankle of Cordero Lane said she decided to run for the office because faith in government institutions has been damaged at all levels.

"It will be the job of the new administration and everyone at City Hall to restore trust in government through honest communication and transparency," she said.

"To that end, the law department should require RFPs (requests for proposals) for contract legal services, which should be used only when such services are absolutely necessary. I will manage and review the contract attorneys with an eye toward fiscal responsibility, which is in the best interests of the taxpayers of Gahanna."

Sprankle said the Gahanna Mayor's Court must maintain the highest standards of ethics in providing justice for all.

"In order to ensure accountability and transparency, I will propose audio recording of all public proceedings," she said.

With 20 years' experience in complex business transactions and representing clients with honesty and integrity, Sprankle said, she's prepared to meet the challenges presented as Gahanna's next city attorney.

The 49-year-old received her law degree and Latin Legum Magister in taxation from Capital University in addition to her bachelor's degree in political science and sociology from Wittenberg University.

She is married to Chris Evans, and they have two children who attend High Point Elementary School and Gahanna Middle School East.

Sprankle volunteers with the High Point PTA.

She is a member of the Gahanna Women of the Moose.

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