Meagan Pandey, the lone Democratic candidate for the Hilliard City Council this year, has received the endorsement of the Franklin County Democratic Party.

Meagan Pandey, the lone Democratic candidate for the Hilliard City Council this year, has received the endorsement of the Franklin County Democratic Party.

The party decided on all of its suburban race endorsements on Sept. 24, said executive director Zach Manifold. Also endorsed in Hilliard was Chris Courtney, Democratic candidate for the Hilliard City Schools board of education.

Pandey said she was encouraged by the message the endorsements deliver. "I look forward to bringing a new perspective to our all-Republican city council, one that ensures every Hilliard resident has a voice and that all needs are accounted for before our tax dollars are spent," Pandey said. "These endorsements help bring us one step closer to creating an accountable and balanced government."

Pandey and Courtney also received endorsements from the Central Ohio Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and the Hilliard Democrats. Courtney also received an endorsement from the Hilliard Education Association.

James Lang, political director of the Hilliard Democrats and campaign adviser for both candidates, said the endorsements show a connection between the candidates and the community.

"It has been many years since Hilliard has had such quality candidates who possess both the leadership and integrity that our community needs," Lang said. "I believe the endorsements from our teachers, friends in labor, neighborhood Democrats and the (county Democrats) illustrate just how in touch the Democratic candidates are with the everyday needs of our community."

Other candidates for four council seats are Republicans Brett Sciotto, Jim Ashenhurst, Steph-anie Kunze and Kelly McGivern. All four have been endorsed by the Franklin County Republican Party, as well as the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge No. 9.

Manifold said that as Pandey was the only Democrat in the race, she was the only candidate to receive an endorsement.

Pandey said she would like to address sustainable growth if elected. "Over the past decade, Hilliard has had out-of-control residential growth leaving our small businesses and economic sector behind," she said. "This unsustainable growth pattern has left our neighbors and schools with the responsibility to bear the full cost of city council's inability to balance our growth."

Pandey, 30, was born in Columbus, where she lived until age 9. Her family moved to Chicago but returned to the Columbus area when she was 13. She attended high school in Dublin and graduated from Ohio State University in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in history. She is married to Alexander von Reuter.