Bexley voters approved the Bexley City Schools’ 9-mill operating levy and chose Alissha Mitchell and Victoria Powers to fill two seats on the district’s board of education.
According to final unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections, with all 10 precincts reporting, the levy was approved by 3,178 votes (68%) to 1,470 (32%).
“We are grateful to Bexley voters for tonight’s strong demonstration of support for excellent schools,” said Ted Cahill, chairman of the Committee for Bexley Excellence, which campaigned in support of the levy.
“We also want to thank all the volunteers who knocked on doors, stuffed envelopes and provided the financial and material resources to make this campaign a success, as well Superintendent Kim Miller, Treasurer Kyle Smith and members of the board of education for the long hours they put in to educate our community about this vital issue," he said.
The district estimates the levy will generate about $5 million per year and cost residents approximately $315 annually per $100,000 of home market value. Collection will begin in 2020.
School board race: Mitchell, Powers lead field of five
Mitchell and Powers received more votes than incumbent Mike Denison and challengers Sarah Ackman and April Walsh, according to unofficial results from the board of elections.
With all 10 precincts reporting, Powers led the race for two open seats with 2,050 votes (27%) followed by Mitchell 1,796 (23%), Denison 1,429 (18%), Ackman 1,254 (16%) and Walsh 1,206 (16%)
Mitchell, 43, is a commercial property manager for NAI, Ohio Equities LLC. She previously served on the Bexley Board of Education beginning in February 2015, when the board unanimously appointed her to fill the unexpired term of former board member Carol Fey. Mitchell was elected by voters in November 2015 to serve the final two years of Fey’s term.
Mitchell said she plans to focus on issues that she heard residents raise throughout the election, including promoting diversity and inclusion in the schools, improving services for students with special needs, strengthening literacy for kindergarten through third-grade students, and enhancing the district’s communication with the community.
Powers, 59, is an attorney and adjunct professor at Capital University Law School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Mount Holyoke College and a juris doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She and her husband, David, have two children. She has lived in Bexley for 22 years.
Powers could not be reached for comment.
City Council race: Markham reelected; Klingler, Robinson, Saad elected
Voters reelected incumbent Bexley City Council member Troy Markham and chose Matt Klingler, Jen Robinson and Jessica Saad as new council members from a field of seven candidates, Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler was also reelected, having run unopposed.
With all precincts reporting, Markham led the field with 2,595 votes (18%) followed by Robinson 2,161 (15%), Saad 2,138 (15%), Klingler 1,858 (13%), Meagan Matteson 1,727 (12%), Joel Greff 1,517 (11%), Mary Gottesman 1,297 (9%) and Ian Nickey 1,131 (8%).
Markham, 50, teaches biology at The Ohio State University. He was elected in 2015 and currently serves as chair of council’s Service and Environmental Committee.
Klingler, 34, is a project manager for Farber Corp., a construction 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. She holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications, political science and communications from Indiana University.