Three candidates will battle Nov. 5 for a pair of seats on Marble Cliff Village Council.

Incumbents Joanne Taylor and Kendy A. Troiano are vying with challenger Jeff Smith.

Smith, 42, is chief executive officer of Ohio Insurance Agents Association, a statewide association that serves as an advocate for insurance consumers, independent agents and a competitive insurance marketplace.

"I love Marble Cliff," Smith said. "It's been a great place to live and raise our family. In our eight years in Marble Cliff, we've walked, run, biked and scooted every foot of our village.

"We have a great partnership with the city and school system in Grandview Heights. I want to preserve this treasure of a community for my children and many generations to come," he said.

"I've got a background in public policy and law that I believe would be an asset to helping best position our village for future success."

Smith and his wife, Kristy, have two children: Lincoln, 9, and Laney, 7.

Smith has a bachelor's degree in justice studies from Kent State University and a law degree from Capital University.

He serves as a board member of the Grandview Baseball Softball Association; is the co-founder and volunteer with the Marble Cliff Mile, an annual fun run that benefits the Grandview Heights High School cross-country team; a volunteer with K-Tribes, an organization for parents and children in grades K-3; and a member of Our Lady of Victory Church, Kiwanis Soccer, the Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio Society of Association Executives, Ohio Lobbying Association and the American Society of Association Executives.

Smith is a marathon runner and Ironman Triathlon participant and has completed marathons in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Taylor, 50, is completing her first term on council.

She is the director of the TriVillage Mentor League and has lived in Marble Cliff for 16 years.

"I love our community and I'm vested in seeing it grow with forward thinking, while remaining a tight-knit community," Taylor said.

"My neighbors make where we live an exceptional place and I want to work to keep (their) voices heard while serving our village."

Taylor earned a bachelor's degree in 1991 from Miami University and a master's degree in social work in 1993 from Ohio State University.

She and her husband, Greg, have five children: Maddie, Carter, Zach, Norah and Lanie.

She serves on the Grandview Heights High School and Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle School PTOs and as a Girl Scout leader.

Taylor would not submit a photo for this story, citing security reasons.

Troiano, 59, has served on council since 2009, when she was appointed to fill the vacancy that occurred when Kent Studebaker became mayor.

She is seeking election to her third full term.

"I enjoy helping the community and strengthening Marble Cliff," she said. "I appreciate the opportunity to serve the community. I believe it's important to give back to Marble Cliff and the residents. I would appreciate the opportunity to continue working with such a great team of individuals."

She is a human resources director at Clark Grave Vault Co.

Troiano graduated from Grandview Heights High School and has a degree in business administration focusing on human-resources management from the University of Phoenix.

She has been married 41 years and has two children and two grandchildren.

She is a member of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers & Ladies Guild, Holy Family Catholic Church and Grandview Garden Club and serves as Village Council's representative on the Grandview Parks Advisory Board.

Marble Cliff's mayor's race is unopposed. Current council member Matt Cincione is the only candidate for the seat currently held by Studebaker, who will step down at the end of the year.

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