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Baker, McGivern, Uttley, Carrier win Hilliard council primary

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The four Hilliard City Council candidates endorsed by the Hilliard Area Republican Club also were endorsed by voters in the city's May 7 Republican primary election.

Five candidates were on the ballot in a primary race that likely determined the victors in November. No Democrats filed for the primary and no independents met the filing deadline May 6, said Ben Piscitelli, spokesman for the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Tom Baker, who was appointed to City Council in February to replace Stephanie Kunze, garnered the most votes.

City Council Vice President Kelly McGivern, the only elected incumbent in the field, had the second-most votes, followed by former City Councilman Bill Uttley and newcomer Les Carrier.

Marc Barraco was on the outside looking in.

Baker received 1,065 votes (23 percent of votes cast) according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections with all 22 precincts reporting May 7.

"I look forward to working on City Council to serve all the citizens and businesses of Hilliard who have chosen to make this community their home," Baker said. "I truly believe government is not about those of us who are elected; rather it's about the citizens who have elected us.

"I feel humbled for the opportunity to help lead, and encourage you to voice your opinion on our leadership."

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

McGivern received 1,012 votes, (22 percent).

"I'm excited and pleased the voters re-elected and have the confidence in me to serve another four years," McGivern said.

"Our team worked effectively together in this campaign," she said, referring to the slate of four candidates the Hilliard Area Republican Club endorsed.

McGivern, 46, was appointed to City Council in 2008 and first elected in 2009.

When Uttley assumes his City Council seat in January, he already will have a few years experience under his belt.

He has served more than 12 years on City Council during three nonconsecutive terms and a portion of another.

Uttley received 992 votes (21.5 percent).

The chairman of the planning and zoning commission, Uttley said he was "very pleased and thankful for the support" of voters.

"I am looking forward to serving the citizens of Hilliard again and working with the administration to continue moving our great city forward," he said.

Uttley, 57, is owner of Columbus Appraisal and Consulting Co.

Carrier won the final spot on the November ballot.

Carrier received 853 votes (18.5 percent).

Carrier thanked the Hilliard Area Republican Club for its endorsement, as well as the community and his family.

"It's been fun and humbling," Carrier said. "I worked hard and I'm pleased with the outcome."

He said he is looking forward to the opportunity "to problem solve" with other members of City Council.

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

Barraco, 41, a communication system specialist for the Columbus Department of Public Safety, congratulated the four winners at the polls and said he would continue to be active in the community.

"I will remain active," Barraco said.

"I didn't go to council meetings for 21/2 years and talk to residents about their concerns to just walk away because I didn't win," he said.

"I'll keep going to council meetings and doing what I can for the betterment of the community."

Brian Katz also received 232 votes in the May 7 primary. Katz withdrew from the election March 8, but his name still appeared on the ballot.

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