Hilliard Northwest News

Candidates in three local races likely unopposed in November


Voters in the November election likely will see uncontested races for positions in three local governments.

The deadline for candidates to file petitions for the Nov. 5 ballot was Aug. 7.

The filing deadline for write-in candidates is Aug. 26, according to the Franklin County Board of Elections website.

The four candidates running for Hilliard City Council are unopposed on the Nov. 5 ballot.

They were determined in the Republican primary in May. No Democrats filed for the primary and no independents met the May 6 filing deadline.

City Council Vice President Kelly McGivern is the only incumbent in the field.

The other candidates on the ballot will be Tom Baker, who was appointed to City Council in February to replace Stephanie Kunze; newcomer Les Carrier; and former City Councilman Bill Uttley.

Current City Council President Brett Sciotto and member Jim Ashenhurst declined to seek re-election; Kunze was elected last November to the Ohio House of Representatives.

Hilliard has seven City Council seats; terms are four years.

The incumbent trustees in two local township races also are unopposed.

Chuck Buck and Larry Earman are seeking re-election in Norwich Township and Gary Dever and Joe Martin are seeking re-election in Brown Township.

The townships each have three trustees; terms are four years.