The candidates had diverse backgrounds such as financial, retail, security, sales, food service, logistics, call center, operations, management, maintenance, biomedical engineering, project management, engineering, consulting, human resources, college admissions officer, residence assistant and an academic program administrator, ministry, and education. One of the candidates interned for Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, while another had a background as an on-air radio host.
In terms of education, 31 held one or more bachelor’s degrees and 11 hold master’s degrees. Two other candidates have master’s degrees that are pending. Ten are military veterans.
Several applicants are elected public officials, and some are currently or recently retired public servants with broad backgrounds. Some worked for private companies contracted by local, state or federal government while other have no governmental experience in their backgrounds.
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Of the applicants, 14 have some type of government experience as elected and non-elected public officials. They include:
* Derek Feuerstein, Lorain, Ohio, deputy safety/service director/chief of staff.
* Frank Burks, Dayton, a retired Air Force comptroller/budget officer.
* Annie Price, Beavercreek, associate dean of student affairs/director of campus life at Wilberforce University.
* Joseph Redmond, former New Miami police chief, West Chester.
* Dale Moore, Carlisle, an assistant department manager, an Army retiree, and a current member of the Carlisle Board of Education.
* Brent Centers, Franklin, sales manager and a current member of Franklin City Council.
* Brian Morris, Franklin Twp., an operations and sales director and a current Franklin Twp. trustee.
* Julie Duffy, Carlisle, current finance director for Carlisle.
* Ken Opple, Snohommish, Wash; director of operations (city manager) at Naval Station Everett.
* Sharee’ C. Dick, Lebanon, retired Lebanon city auditor/tax commissioner/clerk of council.
* Dale Palmer, Wapakoneta, commercial sales coordinator, and former public health administrator of the Mercer County-Celina City Health District.
* Ronald Schumaker, Carlisle, operations manager in governmental construction.
* Joshua Eggleston, Durand, Wis., current city administrator/clerk/treasurer for Durand, Wis., and former village administrator of three small villages in Ohio.
* John Nelson, Springboro, public relations specialist for the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Other non-governmental applicants included:
Adebiyi Adeboje, Morgantown, W.Va.; Susan Hueston, Urbana, Ill.; Jennifer Martin, Fairfield; Darryl Thornton, Middletown; Olayinka Ajibola, Columbus; Amy DeVos, Medina, N.Y.; Scott Brewer, Cincinnati; Caleb Allen, Carlisle; Lisa Pratt, Hamilton; Lori Okolica, Dayton; Rick Huddleson, Dayton; Gregory Hicks, Wayne Twp., Butler County; Thomas Chmielewski, Cincinnati; Kyle Burns, Centerville; Carole Barrett, Kettering; Joseph Tow, Union, Ohio; Michael Walz, Dayton; Daniel Staffan, Casper, Wyo.; Lauren Sparkes, Kennesaw, Ga.; Gabriel Smith, Harrod, Ohio; Jeffrey Schaeper, Tipp City; Ben McGriff, Dayton; Deborah Ellenburg, Middletown; Jason Hughes, Bellbrook; Tracy Jenkins, Springboro; Johnathan Duff, Waynesville; Lawrence “Rick” Koehler, Carlisle; Amy Collins, El Cajon, Calif.