Two incumbents are among the three candidates running for two seats on Groveport City Council in the Nov. 5 election.

The candidates are incumbents Shawn Cleary and Jean Ann Hilbert and challenger Jack Rupp Jr.

Cleary, 60, who is council's president and chairs the Groveport Cemetery Committee, has been employed by American Electric Power for 40 years. He also spent 24 years as a part-time Groveport police officer.

He said he is seeking re-election for a simple reason: "I love my town."

Cleary, a 1978 graduate of Groveport Madison High School, lives on Phillips Run with his wife, Stephanie. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Hilbert, 73, said she is running so she can give back to her community.

"The city of Groveport is a wonderful place in which to live, worship and raise a family," she said.

"I enjoy having a part in making this community the best it can be and in helping people who are looking for solutions to situations that need to be improved."

School graduate and retired public school teacher earned a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University and a master's degree from the University of Dayton.

Hilbert is a member of Groveport United Methodist Church, Groveport Heritage Society, Motts Military Museum, Ohio State Alumni Association, Ohio Retired Teachers Association, National Education Association, Groveport Madison Alumni Association and Reynoldsburg Emmaus Community.

She and her husband, Larry, have been married for 51 years and reside on Main Street.

Rupp, 68, is an assistant chief with the Plain Township Fire Department. He serves on the Homeland Security Advisory Committee for Columbus and Franklin County and is the South Central District director for the Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association.

He also has served on the Groveport City Charter Committee, a water committee and chaired Groveport's Personnel Board of Review.

Rupp holds four public-safety fire and EMS certifications and studied retail management and production analysis at Franklin University.

When asked why he is running, Rupp said, "As I move towards retirement, this will be a great way for me to continue my public service."

Rupp and his wife, Carol, have been married for 47 years. They live on Cherry Blossom Drive. The couple have four children and eight grandchildren.

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