The Grove City Messenger sent a questionnaire to candidates running for local office in contested races in the Nov. 2 election. The following are their responses:
Grove City Council
(vote for one)
- Ted Berry, 3311 Summer Glenn Drive, Grove City
Occupation: Business Development Manager, Byers and Sons LLC
Education/military/ and/or political experience: Attended Capital University and Ohio State University majoring in business and political science, Officer candidate and branch officer programs, Soldier in Ohio Military Reserves; VP Business Development Aimpoint; Ten years Senior Budget Aide Ohio Senate; Four years Director Government Relations Ohio State University; Grove City Council; Park Board; Library Campaign
Goals if elected? Ensure continued fiscal accountability without tax increases or cuts in services. Develop a center of higher education, expand scholarship and skilled trade program. Ensure police are fully funded, add 100 acres of parkland, connect both metro parks and Columbus via bike paths, expand employment, address traffic issues, recreation facility/adult pool.
- Cara Tauro, 3708 Juniper St., Grove City
Occupation: No response given
Education/military/ and/or political experience: I have an Associate of Applied Science degree and a Cosmetology License. I served 23 years in the United States Army, the Ohio Army National Guard and did 2 tours in OIF and OEF.
Goals if elected? I would like to accomplish strengthening our local economic by being a welcoming place to open up small businesses.
(vote for one)
- John Galasso, 2229 Blue Bell Lane, Grove City
Education/military/ and/or political experience: Former Columbus police officer, attorney for over 25 years, member of the masonic lodge, Aladdin Shrine, Scottish Rite, instructor Ohio Peace Officer Academy
Goals if elected? Balance between economic growth and maintaining that small town atmosphere.
- Aaron Schlabach – No response received
- Roby Schottke, 4912 McNulty St., Grove City
Occupation: Retired from South-Western City Schools
Education/military/ and/or political experience: I am a graduate of the Ohio State University and Ashland University (M ED). I have been a council member for 6 years and a past council president. I am a past member of the Planning Commission and Park Board. I am currently involved in many civic organizations and a trustee of the Mid-Ohio Planning Commission.
Goals if elected? The number one need described by our citizens is a recreation center. We have an opportunity to build a recreation center and aquatic facility in undeveloped parkland on the eastside of our city. My first task would be to work with the Parks Department to update the recreation center study the was done several years ago. I also have the knowledge of the finances to construct the facility without additional taxes.
- Mark Sigrist, 5826 Birch Bark Court, Grove City
Education/military/ and/or political experience: Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, with an accounting major. Worked at Honda in the US and in Japan for over 33 years. Founder of Thanksgiving Day Wattle. Volunteer for the Grove City Food Pantry, Grove City Buddy Ball, Keep Grove City Beautiful Board and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.
Goals if elected? Grove City is an exceptional community of good people who care about each other and about our city. I will uphold GC community values, champion a safe, healthy, and cleaner community for our children and future generations, strengthen services to help our seniors age at home, and advocate fiscal responsibility.
South-Western City Schools Board of Education
(Three seats up for election)
- Chris Boso – No response received
- David Donofrio, 4699 Snowy Meadow Dr., Grove City
Occupation: Office of the Fire Department for Prairie Township
Education/military/ and/or political experience: I am a lifelong resident of central Ohio, and product of its public schools. BA from Wittenberg University. I’ve served on the Board of Education the past four years. I currently work for our fire department, but have wide-ranging experience in the private sector, particularly in career development/job creation.
Goals if elected? I put students first, always. This nonpartisan role is about what’s right for kids, not political ideologies. I am fiscally responsible, and a proactive communicator, keeping you informed. I fight for district health, equity, safety and unity – giving every child equal access to the American Dream. Learn more: www.daviddonofrio.com.
- Cathy Johnson, 7475 Opossum Run Road, London
Occupation: Retired classroom teacher
Education/military/ and/or political experience: BS & MA in Education, OSU. Reading Recovery, OSU. OSBA Master Board Member. Member of All-Ohio School Board. Twenty-year member of the South-Western City Schools Board of Education.
Goals if elected? Increased student achievement. Complete the second phase of Ohio Facilities Construction Commission project by opening four new middle schools in 2022. Work with E&A Coalition’s lawsuit against vouchers. Continue to work with the SBC Foundation to support student athletes. Work with other elected officials to improve public education.
- Kelli Martindale – No response received
- Jamie Shumaker, 6006 Cork County Drive, Galloway
Occupation: Union president, Columbus Public Health
Education/military/ and/or political experience: Associates degree from Owens C.C. in dietetics, 19 years at Columbus Public Health, 3 years as a band booster parent, AFSCME 2191 president; Treasurer Area Federation of Labor
Goals if elected? Our district is growing rapidly. I want to ensure that growth is felt equitably across our district. As a parent, communication from the district is key to me, and I hope to hold regular community meetings and engage with parents.
Urbancrest Village Council
(Four seats up for election)
- Donna Bogue, 2671 Main St., Urbancrest
Occupation: Board of Public Affairs (BPA), Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), Neighborhood Advocate, Landlord, village of Urbancrest and self employed
Education/military/ and/or political experience: Sinclair Community College, Westland High School. Neighborhood advocate. BPA, BZA and playground committee of Urbancrest. Genealogy researcher. SWCS substitute teachers aide. FROC Priority Board. Santa Clara Neighborhood Improvement Association. Other jobs included: consulting, marketing, sales, restaurants, web support, newsletter editor. Wife of military husband, mother and foster mother.
Goals if elected? I will work to represent the entire neighborhood with fairness and transparency. I will work as a team player to move our neighborhood into the future with planning and forethought, while keeping the small town feel. I also would like to see an actionable/ workable emergency plan for our village.
- Dr. Stefanie Day, Urbancrest
Occupation: Mental Health Counselor/Professor with The Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College
Education/military/ and/or political experience: Dr. Day has a doctoral degree in counseling psychology, a master’s degree in mental health counseling, a master’s degree in nonprofit management, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has worked as a mental health counselor, agency director, and educator since moving to Urbancrest in 1999.
Goals if elected? Dr. Day’s vision is simple. For the Village to prosper, residents must prosper. She hopes to bring her fair-minded business ethic to the Council. She will objectively assess Village-sponsored actions in terms of how they benefit our residents.
- Katina Hughes, 3533 3rd Ave., Urbancrest
Education/military/ and/or political experience: I have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and have worked in the education realm for over 20 years. I have helped register people to vote along with working with youth and their understanding the importance of voting.
Goals if elected? I would like to keep the strong sense of family community by developing more activities for the young adult. They are the future so it would be great to develop a neighborhood culture that is engaging and beneficial for them. This would be accomplished by teaching skills that would empower them.
- Steven Larkins – no response received
- Shawn Moore, 3409 First Ave., Urbancrest
Education/military/ and/or political experience: Graduate of Grove City High School, attended Miami Jacobs, member of Urbancrest village council.
Goals if elected? I would start the revitalization of the Vaughn E. Hairston Community Center. We need repairs to roof, new lighting, paint inside and out. This will be phase #1. The council would appropriate monies from village funds to make these needed repairs.
- Lacy D. Wallace, 3735 Second Ave., Urbancrest
Occupation: Sr. Debt advisor with Debt Help Inc.
Education/military/ and/or political experience: Two B.A.’s College of Wooster (political science and black studies), U.S. Army, 25 years in the financial sector, intern for State Rep. Joyce Beatty, TIRC member.
Goals if elected? I would first address the need for a new recreation replacement. Safety is a top priority and we need more community events to build togetherness. I will addresss the need for more kid programs.