Nearly half of the Clintonville Area Commission's nine seats will be up for election May 2 after the resignation of one member late last month.

Dana Bagwell, who represented District 5, resigned Feb. 21 due to a change in her work schedule that precluded her from attending the monthly meetings.

"I feel it is a disservice to both the community and the other commissioners for me to continue in this role while I am unable to fulfill it," Bagwell said in a statement provided during the CAC's Feb. 26 special meeting.

Bagwell lost her first reelection bid in 2015 but returned to the commission after winning in 2018.

The commission announced Feb. 26 that the District 5 seat would join those in Districts 1, 2 and 9 on the May 2 ballot.

David Vottero now represents District 1, generally south of Weber Road and east of High Street.

Khara Nemitz is the District 2 representative; her district is generally west of High Street and extends north to Orchard Lane from the neighborhood's southern border.

BJ White represents District 9, which comprises most of the area between Morse Road and the Worthington border.

The person who takes Bagwell's seat will oversee the section of Clintonville between Arden Road and Glenmont Avenue, east of High Street.

The District 1, 2 and 9 terms are three years; the District 5 term will end in 2021.

Potential candidates must be at least 18 years old, live in the district they intend to represent and collect signatures from 50 people living in their district.

Petitions must be returned to the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3909 N. High St., by 4 p.m. March 28. Packets for potential candidates are available at the library.

The District 5 special election will be the second in under a year for the CAC.

Michael Weinman won in November in an unopposed race to replace John Eschenbrenner, the District 7 representative who was booted from the commission after three unexcused absences.

Commission leaders early last year began a campaign to increase awareness of CAC elections after a series of anemic votes. The campaign seemed to have little effect in last year's contests, in which the sole contested race garnered just 19 total votes.

The CAC serves as an advisory group to Columbus City Council.

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