Eight candidates are competing for four seats on Bexley City Council that will be decided in the Nov. 5 election.

CORRECTION: The print and earlier online version had incorrect information for candidate Joel Greff. He is married to Stacey and they have four children. Both also contained incorrect employment information for Jessica Saad. She is a stay-at-home mother whose most recent employment was serving as a business-development manager at Infinity Info Systems.

Eight candidates are competing for four seats on Bexley City Council that will be decided in the Nov. 5 election.

Those in the running are incumbents Mary Gottesman and Troy Markham and challengers Joel Greff, Matt Klingler, Meagan Matteson, Ian Nickey, Jen Robinson and Jessica Saad.

Incumbents Steve Keyes and Tim Madison are not seeking reelection. Gottesman filed a petition in August with the Franklin County Board of Elections to appear on the November ballot but then announced at council's Sept. 10 meeting she had decided not to run. She announced Sept. 24 she had decided to continue in the race.

At a Sept. 17 forum hosted by the South Bexley Neighborhood Association, candidates had an opportunity to discuss why they're seeking election.

Greff, 53, is a partner in Shareatech, a technology consulting firm. He holds a bachelor's degree in actuarial science from Ohio State University and a master's in business administration from Franklin University. He and his wife, Stacey, have four children and live on Francis Avenue. He has lived in Bexley for 33 years.

"I am seeking election to Bexley City Council because I think it is time for a change and rededication to community engagement and fiscal prudence while maintaining our spectacular public services and safety programs and further nurturing the diversity that makes this city a great place to live, work and play," Greff said. "I bring renewed optimism and a promise to serve the city of Bexley with honesty, with integrity and with respect for all while being a voice of reason in council chambers that faithfully and critically examines all the issues that are presented and doesn't just rubber-stamp them."

Gottesman is a pediatric nurse practitioner. She holds a doctorate from the University of Rochester. She and her late husband have one adult daughter. Gottesman resides on Francis Avenue and has been a Bexley resident for more than 20 years.

Klingler is a project manager for Farber Corp., a construction firm. He holds a bachelor's degree in agriculture from Ohio State. He and his wife, Jessika, have three children and live on Bryden Road. He has lived in Bexley for three years.

"I plan to use my construction industry knowledge and experience to help city services upgrade their existing appliances and equipment to be more energy-efficient," Klingler said.

Markham, 50, teaches biology at Ohio State. He holds bachelor's degrees in political science and biology and a master's degree in plant pathology from Ohio State. He and his wife, Patti, have two children and live on South Remington Road. He is a 22-year resident.

"I've spent the past four years working as your City Council member in Bexley to improve our city," Markham said. "It's been a great four years for Bexley, with city services and infrastructure seeing major improvements. I'm running for reelection because we still have a lot of work to do, especially along Livingston Avenue and the southwest corner of the city. As always, the fiscal health of our city will be a focus of mine."

Matteson, 42, is a nurse practitioner. She holds a bachelor's degree in biological science from Capital University and a master's degree from Ohio State's College of Nursing. She and her husband, Mike, have two children and live on Montrose Avenue. She has lived in Bexley for 35 years.

"Bexley and its institutions are flourishing, and I believe objective analysis can strengthen and complement the already exceptional city we are lucky to call home," Matteson said. "I am seeking election to be a strong, independent voice for Bexley committed to bringing a broad and diverse coalition of citizens into the conversation."

Nickey, 41, is director of communications and government relations at Hicks Partners, a government-affairs and public-relations firm. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Kenyon College. He and his wife, Katherine, have two children and live on Francis Avenue. He's lived in Bexley for 12 years.

"The cost of child care has outpaced inflation dramatically. Child-care bills rival a mortgage or college tuition and this can be a barrier to starting a family or keeping a career," Nickey said. "While it's impossible for Bexley to address this issue by ourselves, we can support families with a childcare income tax credit. I am proposing a $500 Bexley income-tax credit for families spending $5,000 or more annually at Ohio-certified child-care centers."

Robinson, 48, is the director of Harmony KIDS, the youth arm of Columbus' Harmony Project, an organization that brings residents together to perform concerts and participate in community service projects. She holds a bachelor's degree in art history from Ohio State. She and her husband, Ken, have three children and live on North Remington Road. She has lived in Bexley for 11 years.

"Working with students, parents, business leaders and city and school administrators has allowed me to hone the team-building skills I believe are important for a city council member: active listening, information gathering and assessment, succinct communication and the ability to help others find compromise," Robinson said. "I believe that these skills, in combination with engaged and connected residents, are the keys to successful community building. I am committed to engaging all voices to build a better city that truly meets the needs of and empowers all its residents."

Saad, 41, is a stay-at-home mother. She holds a bachelor's degree in telecommunications, political science and communications from Indiana University. She and her husband, Adam, have three children and live on Fair Avenue. She has lived in Bexley for 11 years.

"I am running for Bexley City Council for purpose more than position. I care about what is best for our community as a whole. My passion for our people and community has allowed me many opportunities in our great city to be in leadership positions," Saad said. "These community leadership positions along with my 15 years of private, public, owner and operator, and startup business experiences, has strengthened my abilities in the art of effective communication, team building, and action planning. I believe that Bexley at its best can only get better."

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