In a six-way race for three Olentangy school board seats, two incumbents — Roger Bartz and Kevin O’Brien — were re-elected, but a newcomer, Mindy Patrick, was the top vote-getter.
Unofficial results show Patrick with 10,704 votes, O’Brien with 8,157 and Bartz with 7,320.
Another O’Brien, former county commissioner Ken O’Brien, was fourth with 6,812. Andrew Forgrave had 6,187 votes and Martin Johnson had 4,028.
Patrick is a member of Olentangy’s Cost Efficiency Committee and a founding member of the Olentangy Dyslexia Network. A resident of Powell since 2008, Patrick and her husband have two children who attend school in the district. An accounts manager for CAMS, Inc., Patrick has a degree from Oakland University.
School board president Kevin O’Brien was appointed in 2010 and elected in 2011. A 17-year resident of Lewis Center, he and his wife have four daughters currently attending schools in the district. O’Brien is a vice president and chief financial officer at Nationwide Retirement Plans. Educated at Westfield State University, O’Brien was elected to the Board of Selectmen in Southwick, Massachusetts.
Bartz was appointed to the board in 2014, and is also a member of the Delaware County Republican Central Committee. He’s past president of the Orange Athletic Boosters and Little League, with a degree from Capital University. Bartz, of Lewis Center, is market director for TRC Environmental Corp., and is married with a son currently enrolled in the district and a son who graduated from the district.
Incumbent Adam White did not seek re-election.