By Christine Bryant
There is a new face on Reynoldsburg City Council.
Council voted Jan. 8 to appoint Caleb Skinner to fill the vacancy in Ward 1, formerly represented by Stephen Cicak. In the November 2017 general election, Cicak won the city auditor race midway through his council term, replacing long-time auditor Richard Harris who opted not to run again.
Skinner, who is at-large councilman Dan Skinner’s younger brother, has lived in Reynoldsburg for seven years. He vied for the Republican nomination to run for the Ward 1 seat two years ago during the primary election. He lost that race to Cicak, who went on to win the seat in the general election.
Caleb Skinner told council in his application to fill the seat that he joined the U.S. Air Force in 2016 out of the same desire to serve the community that he had when he originally ran for the seat in 2015.
“I owe a great deal to this city and its residents and am excited for the opportunity to give back to my community,” Skinner said in the application.
As an Airman First Class with the Ohio Air National Guard, Skinner serves as an aerospace ground equipment mechanic. Before joining the Air Force, he worked at Gerth Law Office LLC, Skinner & Associates LLC, and Gerth & Skinner LLC, as well as Reserve National Insurance.
He is also working to obtain a degree in business management from Columbus State Community College and a degree in aerospace ground equipment technology from Community College of the Air Force.
Skinner is a member of the Reynoldsburg Republican Club, Franklin County Republican Club, National GOP and Young Republicans. He has worked at events through the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival, Ohio State and the Stowe Mission.
“Over the years I have spoken to countless city residents from all walks of life about their concerns and how to address them,” Skinner said in his application. “I understand the importance of this position and all that it entails, and I am confident that my experience and dedication to serve will help me fulfill its responsibilities.”