Gahanna residents should have choices for every city race in the November election if individuals who took out petitions decide to file them.

Gahanna residents should have choices for every city race in the November election if individuals who took out petitions decide to file them.

All four council wards and three at-large seats are up for re-election in November.

Petitions for candidates seeking to run for office are due to the Franklin County Board of Elections by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Gahanna council members make $800 per month for ward and at-large seats, and the council president makes $900 per month.

As of July 22, the following had taken out petitions for listed positions:

At-large council:

Beryl Anderson, 878 Aries Drive Karen Angelou, 1081 Cannonade Court Joseph Gergley, 454 W. Saddlery Drive Ryan Jolley, 187 Regents Road (Incumbent) David Samuel, 243 Caswell Drive

Ward 1:

Mark Foster, 583 Shadewood Court Ray Kautz, 199 Regents Road Stephan Renner, 740 Quaker Ridge Court

Ward 2:

Joseph Gergley, 454 W. Saddlery Drive (Appointed this year) Timothy Pack, 1019 Ridge Crest Drive Antoine (Brandon) Wright, 105 Rocky Creek Drive

Ward 3:

(Incumbent) Brian Larick, 774 Hunters Glen Drive Christine Nickell, 244 Ashley Court

Ward 4:

(Incumbent) Beryl Anderson, 878 Aries Drive Edward Wingo, 909 Ludwig Drive

Gahanna City attorney:

Shane Ewald, 126 E. Walnut St. Paul Leithart II, 133 Misty Oak Place (Incumbent) Thomas Weber, 444 Tresham Court

Samuel, who currently serves as council president, is the only candidate who has filed a petition thus far.

Ward 1 council member John McAlister and at-large council member Nancy McGregor both announced in 2010 that they wouldn't seek re-election.

In addition to choosing representatives to service on council, Gahanna voters also will decide whether to stagger council terms. Currently, terms aren't staggered so voters potentially could elect all new city leadership at once.

As mandated by city charter, the Gahanna City Council approved a resolution July 18 to place the Charter Review Commission's four recommended amendments before voters in November.

An amendment to change the city's four ward council terms from the current two-year terms to four-year terms has received the most discussion from city council.

Council member John McAlister said he doesn't understand why anyone would want to run for an at-large seat because the campaign is more expensive in having to cover the entire city.

If voters approve of the change, he said, consideration should be given to raise the salaries of at-large members.

Council member Shane Ewald said a similar amendment was on the ballot 10 years ago because of a desire to stagger terms, but it wasn't approved.

Attorney Tom Weber told council members they didn't have to agree with the amendments, but they're mandated to put them before the voters.

Charter Review Commission chairman Paul Bittner said the commission's rationale was to eliminate the possibility of every elected position in the city being on the same ballot at the same time. He said that could cause a substantial loss of institutional knowledge.

Samuel said a whole new council in January could have to do appropriations of funds and not have any idea of the history or the process.

Another proposed charter amendment that voters will decide in November is a change in Section 3.04, Executive and Administrative Powers. Pursuant to this change, the mayor would be required to present an annual "State of the City Address" during the first quarter of every calendar year. Bittner said the purpose of the address would be to provide the public with an update directly from the mayor.

Voters also will decide whether to change the role of the Civil Service Commission to make it more of an appellate body to hear appeals from the classified service of the city.

The charter commission also has recommended minor word changes for consistency and clarification purposes to Sections 3.07, 4.08 and 4.14.

In the Gahanna mayoral race, voters will choose between incumbent Becky Stinchcomb and challenger Jim McGregor. Stinchcomb was appointed to serve the last two years of McGregor's unexpired term when he resigned as Gahanna mayor in October 2001. At the time, he was appointed to the Ohio House of Representatives.

He served as Gahanna mayor from 1983 through 2001, after a career at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Stinchcomb is running for her third full term as mayor. Prior to becoming Gahanna mayor, Stinchcomb was elected as the Ward 3 city council representatives five times, serving for almost 10 years while holding a full-time senior management job in the private sector.

McGregor is executive director of the Ohio League of Conservation Voters, a nonprofit, bipartisan organization working on energy and conservation issues.