August filing deadline
City officials facing decision time
As the Aug. 7 filing deadline approaches, two city of Bexley elected officials -- Auditor Gary Qualmann and Bexley City Council member Anne Lewis -- have announced intentions to place their names on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Qualmann recently confirmed he will seek re-election, while Lewis announced her interest in April.
"I will be filing petitions by that date in order to appear on the November ballot," he said. "I look forward to running and hopefully being re-elected as Bexley city auditor."
Mayor Ben Kessler, whose term expires at the end of the year, also has the option of seeking election. Kessler was named by Bexley City Council last year to fill the unexpired term of previous mayor John Brennan, following Brennan's death from cancer. Kessler said he plans to announce his intentions before the Aug. 7 deadline.
Also appearing on the fall ballot will be three full-term council seats currently held by council President Rick Weber, Matt Lampke and Richard Sharp, as well as a seat currently held by Anne Lewis and set to expire at the end of 2015.
Lewis said she still plans to file by the deadline; Lampke said he does not plan to seek re-election. Weber and Sharp could not be reached by press deadline.
Candidates must collect a minimum of 150 signatures and file their petitions by 4 p.m. Aug. 7 in order to appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.