Residents of southern Delaware County could bring significant changes to their governments' leadership at the polls next week, with contested races in Powell and Orange and Liberty townships.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Polls in Delaware County will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

In-person absentee voting (early voting) is available at the Vote Center at the Delaware County Board of Elections, 2079 U.S. Route 23 N., Suite 4, Delaware.

Powell City Council

Four new candidates and two incumbents are vying for three available seats on Powell City Council.

Incumbents Jon Bennehoof and Dan Swartwout are challenged by Heather Karr, Nicole Scott, Christopher Shear and Gary Yashko.

Karr, 48, is a former attorney and special-education teacher and current teacher's assistant with Olentangy Local Schools. Scott, 43, is associate vice president, finance with Nationwide Mutual Insurance.

Shear, 50, is a health insurance broker. Yashko, 49, is an attorney. Bennehoof, 70, is a retired business transformation executive and is a consultant with the states of Ohio and Michigan. Swartwout, 45, is an attorney and also a standup comedian and master of ceremonies.

Liberty Township

Three candidates are seeking to replace Melanie Leneghan, who is not running for reelection, on the Liberty Township board of trustees.

Scott Donaldson, Melanie Farkas and Bryan Newell each are running for the sole available seat.

Newell, 43, is a planner and project manager. Farkas, 39, is a marketing and communications specialist who volunteers locally at her church and with Girl Scouts. Donaldson, 39, is a retired business owner and stay-at-home father.

In the fiscal-officer race, incumbent Nancy Denutte is up against challenger Rick Karr. Karr, 51, is a finance and marketing professional. Denutte, 66, is president of Action Group Inc.

Orange Township

Voters in Orange Township will see two replacement levies on their November ballot: a 1-mill issue for parks and recreation and a 0.5-mill roads levy.

Neither levy will increase residents' tax bills, said Shari Baker of the Delaware County Auditor's office.

The parks levy generates $1,208,846 each year and costs homeowners $26.59 annually per $100,000 in property valuation.

The roads levy costs residents $15.79 annually per $100,000 in property valuation and generates $631,003 each year.

Both three-year issues previously were passed in 2016.

In the race for a single seat on the Orange Township board of trustees, challengers Ben Grumbles and Robert Quigley face incumbent Lisa Knapp.

Grumbles, 38, is a strategic-programs manager with the U.S. Department of Defense. Quigley, 46, is director of product management at Experian Health. Knapp, 48, is an Orange Township trustee and former township employee.

Lisa Kraft is challenging incumbent fiscal officer Wesley Mayer.

Kraft, 51, is an entrepreneur and former chief financial officer. Mayer, 72, is a consultant and owner of Expert Insight Group.

Unopposed races

Incumbents Kevin O'Brien and Mindy Patrick and newcomer Lakesha Wyse are on the ballot for three seats on the Olentangy school board. Incumbent Roger Bartz is not seeking reelection.

Incumbent Ronald Bullard is unopposed for the single available seat on the Berlin Township board of trustees.

Incumbent Claudia Smith is unopposed in the race for Berlin Township fiscal officer.

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