Mayor Don Schonhardt will be unopposed, five candidates will be running for three city council seats and the school levy will be on the spring ballot, according to the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Mayor Don Schonhardt will be unopposed, five candidates will be running for three city council seats and the school levy will be on the spring ballot, according to the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Schonhardt, a Republican, said he wasn't sure if he would face any partisan opposition for the primary on May 3.

"One never knows what to expect, but I was certainly hopeful that the job I had done here in the city of Hilliard was one that most people agreed was one that afforded me an opportunity to continue to serve the citizens," Schonhardt said.

Schonhardt, 60, is seeking his third term as Hilliard's mayor. He said he ran unopposed the second time, and likes not having to campaign.

"It allows me to concentrate on the things that I think people expect me to, and that's providing quality government services that we do provide here in Hilliard. It's nice not to have to be concerned about that and concentrate on the more important issues at hand that we're facing with the economy and budget."

Schonhardt said his accounting and consulting firm, Donald J. Schonhardt and Associates, Inc., will continue to stay in business if he is re-elected.

"I wouldn't have filed to run had I not met with my staff there and made sure that people who I have entrusted to keep the business operating in my absence were willing to do so, and they continue to be supportive of my candidacy. I'm blessed with good people."

Two incumbents and three newcomers, all Republicans, are vying for the three seats on city council. Albert J. Iosue and John W. Uttley III are the incumbents whose terms are up, and councilman Tim Roberts recently decided not to run for re-election. Uttley, a former councilman who left the office when his term expired, was re-appointed by council last year after voters approved changes to the city's charter that repealed term limits. The changes to term limits also allowed Schonhardt to run again.

The other three council candidates, Joseph D. Erb, Nathan D. Painter and Cornell R. Robertson, were among those who applied for a vacant council seat last year. Erb, 28, is vice president of government relations for Strategic Public Partners Group. Painter, 32, is an attorney who serves on the Board of Zoning Appeals. Robertson, 40, is a highway design engineer at the Franklin County Engineer's Office.

One local issue will be on the spring ballot. The Hilliard City Schools District is seeking an additional 6.9 mills, $0.69 per $100 valuation for a city property tax for current operating expenses commencing in 2011.