Grove City voters will be choosing the winners in contested races for mayor and the Ward 2 and at-large city council seats on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Grove City mayor

Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage is being challenged by Council President Steve Robinette.

Stage, 74, is seeking election to his sixth nonconsecutive term as mayor.

Stage first served as mayor from April 1988 through December 1995. He was appointed as city administrator in January 2000 and served in that position through November 2003. He was elected to the council in 2005 and served a single two-year at-large term before being elected again as mayor in 2007.

Robinette, 58, was appointed in February 2017 to the vacant at-large council seat and ran unopposed for election to a full two-year at-large term in November 2017. He is not running for council and will give up his seat at the end of the year.

Robinette served for 31 years in the Grove City Division of Police, including four years as chief, before retiring in 2015.

Council races

John Galasso and Aaron C. Schlabach are running for the at-large council seat. Both are first-time candidates.

Galasso, 61, is an attorney who has been in general practice since 1996. He also serves as an instructor at the Delaware Area Career Center's Police Officer Academy.

Schlabach, 27, is a real estate agent.

Three candidates are vying to fill the Ward 2 council seat.

Ward 2 Councilman Jeff Davis is not running for reelection.

The candidates are Melissa J. Anderson, 42, manager, global marketing creative services traffic and production at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and owner of her own business, Moonlit Cabins; Jeffrey E. Buskirk, 62, a self-employed lawyer with an office in Grove City; and Randy L. Holt, 61, executive director of global technology with JPMorgan Chase.

Ward 4 Councilman Roby Schottke is running unopposed.

Other candidates

The race for two seats on the South-Western Board of Education is uncontested. Incumbent Robert Ragland and Anthony Caldwell are on the ballot.

The candidates for one seat on Jackson Township board of trustees are Daphne Hawk and Ronald A. McClure.

Township fiscal officer Ron Grossman is running unopposed.

Liquor options

Grove City voters in various precincts will also be deciding several liquor-permit issues.

Issue 21b in Grove City precinct 1-A is a petition for Sunday wine. mixed beverages and liquor sales filed by Local Cantina Grove City LLC, which operates the Local Cantina at 3937 Broadway.

Issue 22b in Grove City precinct 2-F is a Sunday wine, mixed beverages and liquor sale petition by G.C. Dawg House for The Time Zone, 2360 Stringtown Road.

Issue 23b in precinct 4-A would grant a license for Sunday sales of wine, mixed beverage and liquor at the Three Brothers Diner, 3090 Southwest Blvd.

Issue 24b in precinct 4-B is a local option for Sunday sales from 10 a.m. to midnight of wine and mixed beverages for Aldi, 4041 Gantz Road.

Countywide levy

Local voters will also consider a countywide levy: 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 will 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.

Early in-person and absentee voting began Oct. 8.

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