On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Bexley voters will decide the fate of a school levy, select from eight candidates for four Bexley City Council seats, and elect two people to the Bexley City Schools Board of Education from a field of five candidates.

Mayor Ben Kessler is running unopposed for reelection.

A countywide tax issue also will be decided.

Bexley City Schools

Bexley City Schools is seeking a 9-mill operating levy this fall.

If approved, the levy would generate about $5 million per year for the district and cost residents approximately $315 annually per $100,000 of home market value, according to the district's estimates. Collection would begin in 2020.

City Council

The candidates in the nonpartisan race for council are incumbents Mary Gottesman and Troy Markham and challengers Joel Greff, Matt Klingler, Meagan Matteson, Ian Nickey, Jen Robinson and Jessica Saad. Steve Keyes and Tim Madison did not seek reelection.

Gottesman, 71, is a pediatric nurse practitioner.

She was elected in 2015 and serves as chairwoman of council's strategic committee.

Greff, 53, is a partner in Shareatech, a technology consulting firm.

Klingler, 34, is a project manager for Farber Corp., a construction firm.

Markham, 50, teaches biology at Ohio State University. He was elected in 2015 and currently serves as chairman of council's service and environmental committee.

Matteson, 42, is a nurse practitioner.

Nickey, 41, is the director of communications and government relations at Hicks Partners, a government-affairs and public-relations firm.

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.

Saad, 41, is a stay-at-home mother of three children.

School board

The candidates for Bexley's school board are incumbent Mike Denison and challengers Sarah Ackman, Alissha Mitchell, Victoria Powers and April Walsh. Melissa Lacroix did not seek reelection.

Ackman, 40, is an attorney who has worked in the Ohio Attorney General's office and the Franklin County Prosecutor's office.

Denison, 42, was elected to the school board in 2011. He is principal and design director at Roto, a planning and design firm.

Mitchell, 43, is a commercial property manager for NAI, Ohio Equities LLC. She previously served on the school board beginning in February 2015, when the board unanimously appointed her to fill the unexpired term of former board member Carol Fey. Mitchell was elected in November 2015 to serve the final two years of Fey's term.

Powers, 59, is an attorney and adjunct professor at Capital University Law School.

Walsh, 35, is a teacher and transition coordinator at Eastmoor Academy.

Countywide levy

Local voters also will 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 Franklin County 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.

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