Groveport, Groveport Madison Schools, and Madison Township Voters Guide

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Groveport City Council
(Vote for four)

Edward G. Dildine, 182 Green Avenue, Groveport

DILDINE

Occupation: Madison Township firefighter and paramedic since 1990. A 1989 graduate of Groveport Madison
Education, military, and/or political experience: Groveport City Council member for 16 years. Volunteer football coach for 20 years. Member of the Groveport CIC. Apple Butter Day Committee member. Honor Guard with MTFD. Peer Support Team Leader with MTFD.
Goals if elected: would like to continue the responsible growth we have experienced recently. Work with neighboring communities on whatever opportunities that would benefit our residents. Enhance the quality of life for our residents and our corporate partners and visitors. Find a way to bring more community involvement to the governmental process.

Becky Hutson, 5063 McIntosh St., Groveport

HUTSON

Occupation: Director of First Impressions employed by H.T. Hackney Co.
Education, military, and/or political experience: I’m a Cruiser graduated from Groveport Madison High School in 1983. I completed several night courses at Eastland Vocational. If elected, this will be my third term serving for the residents of Groveport. I’m a member of Franklin County Central Committee and I have served on Planning and Zoning for two terms.
Goals if elected: I would love to see the completion of the 1847 Project up and successfully running. I would really keep pushing for updated infrastructure to keep our city running smoothly. I’m excited for the up and coming changes for the continued quality of life for all of our residents.

Cheryl Irving, 349 Tallman St., Groveport

IRVING

Occupation: Retired Groveport Madison French, German, and Spanish teacher.
Education, military, and/or political experience: Capital University B.A. French, German, Spanish. Secondary Education. The Ohio State University M.A. Theoretical Analysis of Foreign Languages and Literatures. United States Fulbright, Colombia. Co-founder Groveport Community Service Program. Founder Los Brazos Para Los Ninos Colombianos NGO.
Goals if elected: I would like to see resolution of ongoing traffic challenges, downtown parking challenges, as well as controlled but encouraged business growth. I would also like to see improvement in security at the recreation center especially the summer pool.

Scott Lockett, 209 Front St., Groveport

LOCKETT

Occupation: Psychologist.
Education, military, and/or political experience: I am a graduate of Groveport High School. I received a Bachelor’s Degree from Capital University and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the Ohio State University. I am semi-retired working part time as a psychologist for Groveport City Schools. I am completing my first elected term after having been selected to complete the remaining two years of Donna Drury’s term. I serve as the city liaison to the Groveport Senior Center.
Goals if elected: If elected I hope: 1. To keep the City of Groveport progressing on its current positive path. 2.Continue to reduce our debt service obligations. 3.Shift the focus of development from warehouses to small business development in our Historic Downtown. 4.Attract housing options for seniors. 5. Revisit traffic issues throughout the city.

Jack Rupp, 5092 Cherry Blossom Drive, Groveport

RUPP

Occupation: Fire Chief with Plain Township Fire Department, New Albany.
Education, military, and/or political experience: Franklin University fall 1970 / spring 1973 retail management. Twenty-seven years with Madison Township Fire Department serving in multiple leadership roles. Member Ohio Fire Chief’s Board of Directors. Served on Groveport’s Water Committee, City Charter Committee, and chairs the Personnel Board of Review.
Goals if elected: Ensure Groveport’s financial stability and services, diversify income tax source, support planned growth. Promote shared services agreements with other municipalities to maintain quality services at a lower operating cost. Encourage 55 and older developments, seniors are being forced from the community for the lack of affordable single and multi-tenant units.

Wayne White, 475 Elm St., Groveport

WHITE

Occupation: Senior Field Technician with Evoqua Water Technologies for 15 years.
Education, military, and/or political experience: Groveport and Eastland Career Center graduate. Currently baseball commissioner for GYAA. Served on the City of Groveport Charter Committee.
Goals if elected: I would want to be a voice for our residents, whether if they chose to attend meetings or not. I want to help get a plan for residents to use the recreation center and pool more affordably.

Groveport Madison board of education
(Vote for three)

Seth Bower, 3089 Dewbourne Dr. Reynoldsburg

BOWER

Occupation: Aquatics Manager with the city of Groveport.
Education, military, and/or political experience: As a lifelong community leader, my goal is to always support our school district. I currently serve as a board member for Groveport Madison Human Needs. I am also the coordinator for the Independence Village block watch. We host free community events that engage our youth in activities and programs.
Goals if elected: If elected to Groveport Madison school board, I would work tirelessly to engage our community, improve our integrity, and keep our district financially accountable. Our children deserve the best, and I would work to improve existing infrastructure, promote academic excellence, and address the issue of overcrowding in our schools.

Wayne Bryan, 5408 Newport Road, Columbus

BRYAN

Occupation: Retired.
Education, military, and/or political experience: I am a Groveport graduate. I am a retired maintenance and construction professional for a retail chain where my responsibilities included build-out and remodeling of retails spaces. I am a member of the Madison Townships Citizens Advisory Committee.
Goals if elected: I will work tirelessly to restore trust between the community and the school board by demanding transparency, honest communication, and compliance with our local laws. I will listen to concerns act on what is best for the district and community as a whole. I will not be a simple rubber stamp for the administration.

LaToya Dowdell-Burger, 5016 Hickory Grove Circle, Groveport

DOWDELL-BURGER

Occupation: HR Specialist Info Systems Business Owner
Education, military, and/or political experience: U.S Army veteran with over 16 years of experience in HR, Workforce Development, Health Administration, Business Development and Public Affairs. Attended several military schools; Government Leadership Academies and attended Ohio Christian University (Leadership/Ministry). A sought-after mastermind behind any idea a person might have. Served on numerous non-profit boards in Franklin County.
Goals if elected: Her goal is to ensure there is an active forum between the Board and Community, which is one of her platforms entitled Board to Community. It is important to her that she hears what the community as a whole. In addition, to bring resources to assist the GMLS ever growing diverse population.

Libby Gray, 3980 Hendron Court, Groveport

GRAY

Occupation: Domestic and International Tax Manager with Tosoh America, Inc.
Education, military, and/or political experience: The Ohio State University – Bachelor’s degree in accounting; Capital Law School – Master’s in taxation; and Groveport Madison School Board – 2014-present – President three years, Vice President one year; Co-Chair – Committee for Better Schools
Goals if elected: I would like to continue to move our district forward. In eight years, we have accomplished a lot. From a financial crisis to financial stability, new high school and added programming to prepare students beyond High School. We must continue the momentum and provide new schools and programs for students.

•Polly Pierce, 5387 Inlet Drive, Collumbus.
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Elizabeth (Betty) Simcox, 4452 Drycott St., Groveport

SIMCOX

Occupation: Real-Estate Management self-employed
Education, military, and/or political experience: My background makes me a uniquely qualified board-member candidate. I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an accounting major from Franklin University. I have served as a charter school board-member. I owned and successfully operated a preschool (infant-kindergarten) for over 17 years. Currently, I manage family-owned commercial real-estate.
Goals if elected: Over 59 percent of Groveport Madison students test below grade level. As a community, I believe we can change this with honest, transparent board meetings and research-based decision making. I would end the sporadic non-recording of board-meetings, excessive use of executive sessions, no-bid contracts, and administrative committees without public meeting minutes.

Madison Township trustee
(Vote for two)

Katherine Chipps, 3346 Sundale Road, Columbus

CHIPPS

Occupation: CEO (small business owner) Co-Own Friday’s Creations & Grassroots Strategies, Print & Design
Education, military, and/or political experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Ohio Dominican University; Employment history: Aide – Ohio Senate, Director of Regional Services – Ohio Secretary of State, Policy Director – Clean Fuels Ohio, CEO- Grassroots Strategies and Friday’s Creations.
Goals if elected: I would like to work on gaining grant funding to improve the roads in our neighborhoods in the unincorporated areas of the township. I will work with our Police and Fire Departments to ensure the safety of our neighborhoods, and to get the needed equipment and manpower they need.

John Kershner, 4887 Winchester Pike Columbus

KERSHNER

Occupation: Technology professional.
Education, military, and/or political experience: Groveport Madison graduate (1982). Ohio Institute of Photography & Technology graduate (1985). Army Reserve Artillery Chief of Section and trained leadership instructor. 2nd Vice American Legion. President, Canal Winchester Groveport Rotary. Past president of Groveport Madison School board. Founder of a successful technology company. Volunteer director of a local food pantry.
Goals if elected: As a long-time homeowner in Madison Township, I share your concerns about safety, property values, code enforcement, and Township services. That’s why I’ll work hard to ensure our tax dollars are wisely spent, expenses are appropriate and necessary, proper oversight is ensured, and that excellent services are provided.

Deborah Miller, 5102 Zimmer Drive, Columbus

MILLER

Occupation: Retired.
Education, military, and/or political experience: I am a graduate of Central High School, with college courses in Interpersonal Communications. Retired from McGraw-Hill Publishing after 25 years as an Executive Coordinator. Currently serving as a board member for the Center of Groveport Madison Human Needs.
Goals if elected: Bring the voice back to the people. Building a strong police department by adding headcount. Work with the Public Works Department to improve roads. Build trust between the township and its residents.

John Pritchard, 4887 Bay Grove Court, Groveport

PRITCHARD

Occupation: Attorney with The Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency.
Education, military, and/or political experience: Canal Winchester High School, 1988; Ohio State University, 1993; Capital University Law School 2001; U.S. Army 2003-2010; Army J.A.G. Officer; Served in Afghanistan 2005; Meritorious Service, earned Combat Action Badge; Madison Township Trustee 2000-03, 2017-present.
Goals if elected: Continue to provide outstanding safety services to the residents of Madison Township, Groveport, and Canal Winchester. Stay on track with our strategic plan to continue investing in equipment, vehicles, and training for our township fire and police departments ensuring outstanding service to our residents. Remain a good steward of your tax dollars with ongoing efforts to seek out grant opportunities and matching funds for public works equipment and road improvement.

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