Reynoldsburg voters will see a full ballot Nov. 5 in an election that will reshape much of the city's leadership and has the potential to bring changes to the school board and the Truro Township board of trustees.
Two candidates are seeking to replace incumbent Mayor Brad McCloud, who is stepping down after more than 10 years, and nine people are vying for four open seats on Reynoldsburg City Council. A new city attorney will also be elected to a four-year term, because incumbent Republican James "Jed" Hood did not seek reelection.
School district residents will choose two members of the Reynoldsburg City Schools Board of Education and Truro Township residents will elect two trustees.
Democrat Joe Begeny, currently president of the Reynoldsburg City Schools Board of Education, and Republican Barth Cotner, a longtime at-large City Council member, are each seeking the mayor's office for the first time.
Two-term incumbent Republican Doug Joseph is seeking to retain his seat as council president against Democrat challenger Angie Jenkins.
A total of nine candidates are vying to represent their respective wards on the seven-member council, with four-year terms commencing Jan. 1.
Ward 1 incumbent Caleb Skinner is not seeking reelection, leaving Republican Patricia Starling and Democrat Shanette Strickland vying for that seat on council.
In Ward 2, Republican incumbent Brett Luzader is being challenged by Democrat Louis Salvati.
Incumbent Republican Marshall Spalding, representing Ward 3, has two challengers on the Nov. 5 ballot: Democrat Bhuwan Pyakurel and Libertarian Robert Dale Bender.
Two candidates are in a race to succeed longtime Republican Councilman Mel Clemens to represent Ward 4: Republican Steven W. Hicks and Democrat Meredith Lawson-Rowe.
Reynoldsburg voters will choose between two lawyers for the city attorney post: Republican Robert Barga, currently serving on the Reynoldsburg school board, and Democrat Chris Shook, currently an assistant city attorney in Columbus.
Truro Township voters will elect two trustees to the three-member board Nov. 5.
Incumbents Pat Mahaffey and Chris Long are being challenged by Mack Quesenberry and Joseph Sorenson, respectively.
Natalie West-Nicodemus is the only candidate for the township's fiscal officer position.
Three candidates are seeking two available seats on the five-member Reynoldsburg school board.
Democrat incumbents 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.
They are being challenged by Republican Mandy Young, who is seeking her first term on the board.
Franklin County voters will decide the fate of a 3.1-mill, 10-year renewal levy for Franklin County Children Services that has been designated as Issue 10 by the board of elections.
The 3.1-mill renewal levy is expected to generate more than $85.6 million annually, according to The Columbus Dispatch. The levy would cost property owners about $84.50 per $100,000 in valuation, and it is collecting at an effective rate of 2.76 mills, according to the Franklin County Auditor's Office.
Licking County voters will see a five-year, 1.2-mill replacement levy for senior services on the ballot. If approved, the levy is expected to raise $5.36 million and cost homeowners an additional $9 annually per $100,000 in property valuation.
The levy in its current form initially was approved in 2009 and renewed in 2014. It is collecting at an effective rate of 1.06 mills, according to Licking County Auditor Michael L. Smith's office.
Voters in Reynoldsburg 2-A and G will decide Issue 28b, a liquor option that would allow Sunday sales of wine and mixed beverages at Aldi, 8301 E. Broad St., Reynoldsburg.
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