Grandview Heights will have a new mayor in 2020 -- but it'll be a familiar face no matter who wins in November.
With Mayor Ray DeGraw choosing not to run for a fifth term, council members Greta Kearns and Steve Reynolds will vie for the position Nov. 5.
Kearns, 48, is council president and is in the second year of her second four-year term.
"I am running for mayor because I have the experience and abilities to lead Grandview Heights through a time of transition as we embrace the future," Kearns said.
"Continuing the important work that began under my tenure on City Council, I will balance opportunities to strengthen the city while keeping intact those features that have made Grandview Heights a special place to call home," she said.
Kearns has been an attorney since 1997. She earned a law degree in 1997 from the University of Iowa and a bachelor's degree in music education in 1993 from the University of Kansas.
The Lincoln Road resident and her husband, Jeff Shirazi, have three children: Daria, 12, Mina, 10, and Rex, 8.
"My family and I are heavily engaged in supporting community activities involving our three school-aged children and their peers," Kearns said. Those activities include the Grandview Gators swim program, Grandview Baseball and Softball Association, the Grandview Heights Carriage Place Players theater troupe, school music programs, Girl Scouts and Kiwanis Soccer, she said.
If elected as mayor, Kearns will leave her council seat, and council members will select someone to replace her for the remainder of her term.
Reynolds, 54, is completing his fourth nonconsecutive term on council. He previously served from 2004-13 and was elected again in 2015. He served as council president from 2006-13.
He is not seeking reelection to his council seat.
"It is an honor and privilege to be serving in my fourth term as a member of council," Reynolds said. "It has been such a rewarding and enjoyable experience that I am convinced I can make an even bigger impact on our community as mayor.
"I'm confident that my experience, both on council and through my involvement with organizations and activities throughout the community, helps make me the best-qualified person to lead the city," he said.
"This is further supported by a proven record of reaching out to residents and being in tune with our community's values, engaging the public in meaningful and productive dialogue, continually offering new ideas and alternatives and consistently being fiscally prudent, both in good times and challenging times," Reynolds said.
Reynolds is founder and owner of Pinnacle Associates Inc., a Grandview-based commercial and real-estate valuation and consulting firm.
Reynolds, who lives on Virginia Avenue, is single and has multiple family members who also are residents of Grandview, including his mother and brother.
A 1983 graduate of Grandview Heights High School, Reynolds graduated in 1987 from Ohio State University with dual majors in real estate and finance.
Before serving on city council, he was a member of the city's pool advisory committee (2002-03) and Committee to Develop a Comprehensive Community Plan (1995-97).
Reynolds was a director with the Grandview Bobcat Boosters from 2003-09 and served on the Members First/Pathways Financial Credit Union board of directors from 2012-15.
He is the creator and administrator of Grandview Heights (Ohio) U*S*A, a community information and discussion site on Facebook.
He is a volunteer for the Grandview Heights High School football sideline crew, the Tour de Grandview Cycling Classic, the Bobcat Boosters' Ox Roast and mulch sale, the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon and Tri the Heights events and co-founder of Grandview Heights Wrestling, a nonprofit organization supporting youth wrestling.
The race for three seats on Grandview Heights City Council is unopposed. Council members Emily Keeler and Rebekah Hatzifotinos and newcomer Ryan Edwards are the only candidates.
Hatzifotinos was appointed to council this month to replace Steve Gladman, who stepped down in August.
NOTE: Look for candidate Q&As and additional election coverage in the coming weeks in ThisWeek Tri-Village News and online at ThisWeekNEWS.com.