Licking County News

Five file to run in November for three Pataskala City Council at-large seats


Five people, including two incumbents, will vie for three at-large seats on Pataskala City Council in the Nov. 5 election.

Incumbents Bernard Brush and Bryan Lenzo both decided to run again, but Merissa McKinstry did not file a petition for re-election.

The filing deadline for nominating petitions was Aug. 7.

If the board of elections certifies all petitions, the two incumbents will be challenged by Todd W. Barstow, Timothy Hickin and Jack A. Trenish.

Brush, an attorney, said he encouraged City Councilman Mike Compton to run for mayor of Pataskala and said he would support him by running for City Council.

"I told him I would be willing to run again if he would run for mayor," Brush said.

Brush served Ward 3 for eight years and has spent the past eight years in an at-large seat.

He said his motto is "keeping an eye out for the taxpayers."

Lenzo, an employee and labor relations consultant at Ohio State University, said he spent four years on the city's planning and zoning commission and is finishing his first term on City Council.

He said he is running for re-election to continue the work that's been done in the past eight years.

"With the support of other council members and the mayor, we have, among many other things, reinstituted the citywide snow-removal policy, paved and rebuilt miles of roads and stabilized and grown a strong police department," he said. "The future of Pataskala is bright and we have many exciting developments on the way.

"As a council member, I will continue to advocate for balanced and responsible growth, a diverse portfolio of community investments and a strong emphasis on continuing to repair and improve our infrastructure."

Barstow, Hickin and Trenish could not be reached for comment.