Hilliard Northwest News

Six Republicans file petitions for Hilliard City Council primary


Six of the eight candidates who obtained petitions for Hilliard City Council met the Feb. 6 filing deadline at the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Board of elections officials still must certify each petition to ensure each has the required minimum 50 signatures of registered voters living in Hilliard.

The candidates who filed are:

* Tom Baker, 56, co-owner of Baker & Associates Insurance Co.

* Marc Barraco, 41, communications system specialist for the Columbus Department of Public Safety.

* Les Carrier, 43, a structured settlement consultant for EPS Settlement Group.

* Brian Katz, 28, chief counsel and director of compliance for the Franklin County Auditor’s Office.

* Kelly McGivern, 46, the senior director of government affairs for Aetna.

* Bill Uttley, 57, owner of the Columbus Appraisal and Consulting Co.

Each candidate who filed is a Republican. If all are certified, they will appear on the ballot in the city’s primary election May 7.

Four would advance to the general election in November, where they would be uncontested.

No Democrat filed a petition. A Democrat last appeared on the ballot in 2009 and last served on City Council in 1993.

Among the six Republicans, only McGivern, the vice president of City Council, is an incumbent.

Two other incumbents, Jim Ashenhurst and City Council President Brett Sciotto, declined to seek re-election.

One of the candidates will begin serving on council prior to the primary election as City Council must fill the unexpired term of Stephanie Kunze, who resigned Dec. 31 to take her seat in the Ohio House of Representatives.

Council members on Jan. 28 interviewed four candidates who applied – Baker, Barraco, Carrier and Uttley – and are expected to make an appointment Feb. 11.

For more on this story, read the Feb. 14 edition of the ThisWeek Hilliard Northwest News.