Two incumbents and a newcomer are vying Nov. 5 for a seat on the Reynoldsburg Board of Education.

CORRECTION: Neal Whitman's first name was misspelled in the print and earlier online version of this story.

Two incumbents and a newcomer are vying Nov. 5 for a seat on the Reynoldsburg Board of Education.

Debbie Dunlap and Neal Whitman are each seeking a second four-year term on the board, which oversees the district and its nearly 8,000 students.

Mandy Young, a lead teacher with Kindercare Education, is seeking her first term on the board.

Dunlap, 53, holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Clarion University in Pennsylvania and works as a freelance writer and substitute teacher. She is married with three children and has been a longtime district volunteer.

In addition to serving on the Reynoldsburg board, Dunlap is also a 4-H Club adviser and a member of the Ohio School Boards Association.

Dunlap said she is seeking reelection to continue to be an advocate on behalf of the district.

If elected, she said, she "will continue to address a continuity of curriculum, health and wellness offerings and co-curricular activities."

Whitman, 50, is a longtime school volunteer.

He earned a bachelor's degree and a secondary teaching certificate from the University of Texas, Austin and completed a Ph.D. in linguistics at Ohio State University in 2002. He is married with two children and works as a lecturer in ESL programs at Ohio State .

Whitman said he wants a second term to continue rebuilding trust between the district and community.

"This time around, my priorities are equity, transparency and local control," Whitman said.

Young, 40, earned a bachelor's degree in English from Ohio State.

She is married with two children and volunteers with the French Run Elementary PTO.

Young said she decided to seek office after working with several student support organizations.

"I have been involved with supportive programs that aid our students in numerous ways," Young said.

"I want to expand the work that I have done in the past (and continue to do) in a larger capacity and serve the district as a whole."

In addition to the school board race, Reynoldsburg voters will choose candidates for Reynoldsburg City Council, council president, city attorney and mayor and will decide the fate of a 3.1-mill renewal levy for Franklin County Children Services.

Truro Township residents also will vote on two trustee seats and the fiscal officer, who is running unopposed.

NOTE: Look for candidate Q&As and additional election coverage in the coming weeks in ThisWeek Reynoldsburg News and online at ThisWeekNEWS.com.

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