Hilliard Northwest News

City Council race, fire levy on May 7 primary ballot

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Local voters on May 7 will decide the Republican primary race for Hilliard City Council and the fate of a 4.12-mill fire levy for Norwich Township.

Five Republicans are vying for four seats on Hilliard City Council in a primary race that likely will determine the victors in November because no Democrats filed for the primary.

Independent candidates could still file for the general election by 4 p.m. May 6, according to Jeff Mackey, elections operation manager for the Franklin County Board of Elections. Write-in candidates have until Aug. 26 to file a declaration of intent, Mackey said.

The Republicans on the May ballot are:

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

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

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

* Kelly McGivern, 46, a senior director of government affairs at Aetna and vice president of City Council.

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

McGivern, who was appointed to City Council 2008 and elected in 2009, is the only incumbent running for re-election.

Baker was appointed to council in February to finish out Stephanie Kunze's unexpired term. Kunze was elected last November to the Ohio House of Representatives.

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

The 4.12-mill fire levy will appear as Issue 11 on the ballot. Residents of Hilliard and Norwich Township are eligible to vote on the levy.

The levy would generate $4 million annually and cost property owners an additional $126 per year per $100,000 of assessed property valuation.

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