Five candidates are running in the Nov. 5 general election for three seats on Canal Winchester City Council.

CORRECTION: Three Canal Winchester City Council seats are up for election. Because of a reporting error, the print and earlier online version of this story gave the wrong number.

Five candidates are running in the Nov. 5 general election for three seats on Canal Winchester City Council.

Incumbents Bob Clark and Mike Walker are being challenged by Scott Conner, Chuck Milliken and Randy Stemen.

Council President Bruce Jarvis is not seeking reelection because he is hoping to win the mayor's post, running against incumbent Mayor Mike Ebert. Doug Snyder also is a candidate for mayor.

Clark, 56, said his past experience "working 25 years for three different members of Congress and 2 1/2 years as the director, Fairfield County Economic Development Department, brings a unique background to help Canal Winchester manage its many challenges it faces in the years to come."

Clark, who is retired, earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Ohio University.

He and his wife, M.J., have two sons and live on Old Meadows Court.

Clark is a member of the Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival Committee and an at-large member of Destination: Canal Winchester, the city's travel and tourism program.

Conner, 40, said he is running on a platform of "safety, transparency and sustainable growth."

The Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper is married with eight children and is a member of the Canal Cove Homeowners Association.

Milliken, 36, said he is "not running for council to make any major changes or to 'leave my mark.' Simply put, I am running for council to serve my community. I have over a decade of leadership experience that I feel I can put to good use for Canal Winchester."

The mail-carrier earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Capital University.

He is an active member and intern at C3 Church in Pickerington and recently launched a men's ministry.

In college, he was elected president of his fraternity and president of the Greek Council.

Milliken and his wife, Danielle, live on Cherokee Drive with their two sons.

Walker, 63, said he's running for reelection because he wants to continue giving back to his community.

"I have worked hard for the citizens this past four years," he said. "I have done so with your best interest in mind. Let's work together to make Canal Winchester all that it can be."

Walker has been employed by Columbia Gas of Ohio for 45 years and owns Master Mix DJ, PhotoBooth. His wife is Diana.

The ThisWeek Canal Winchester Times attempted to reach Stemen but did not receive a response by press time.

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