Six residents are running for four seats on New Albany Village Council.

Six residents are running for four seats on New Albany Village Council.

Incumbents Colleen Briscoe, Chip Fellows and Glyde Marsh are running for re-election, and Shirli Billings, Richard Justman and Sloan Spalding plan to challenge them for their seats.

Mike Mott, who has been a council member for 18 years, is retiring.

Billings, 69, said she is running because she wants to help increase economic development in the village.

"I am running on a platform of balanced growth," she said. "I want to make sure we are continuing to balance commercial and residential development. I also support infrastructure readiness."

She said she wants to see roads, utilities and fiber-optic networks in place for businesses looking at the business park.

She also said she has board and commission experience, such as serving on the civil service commission in Gahanna.

Billings has lived in New Albany with her son since 2004 and is a human-resources consultant with her consulting firm, Billings & Co.

Briscoe, 57, has been on council since 1996, when she was elected as mayor.

She also said economic development is one of her biggest areas of interest.

"One of the things that is happening is, I am actually seeing so many of the things we've worked on for so long come into being," Briscoe said. "I've been involved in economic development since 1996, and I want to continue to be involved in that. I think we're doing a good job, and I'm excited to spend another four years seeing a lot more of what we've planned for so long come to fruition."

Briscoe, an attorney with Briscoe & Webber, said she also hopes to see the village center developed more over the next four years through a partnership with private and governmental entities.

Fellows, 47, plans to run for his second term on council.

He said he wants to continue to support and increase economic development in the business campus and at the village center.

"Through thoughtful planning and investment in infrastructure, the village has added over 2,000 new jobs in the community in just the past four years, with more development on the horizon," Fellows said. "This economic development will allow the village to enhance our public-service offerings, maintain safe neighborhoods with open green space and parks and make New Albany an even more desirable community to live, work and raise a family.

Fellows, senior director of non-acute care services for VHA, has lived in New Albany with his wife and two daughters since 2001.

Marsh, 90, who first was elected to council in 1993, said he has enjoyed his service to the community.

He said he hopes to increase fiscal responsibility.

"I think my strengths have been in the financial area," Marsh said. "The village has built village hall, the police station and the maintenance center, and they never had to go to the voters with any tax levy for funds. They were able to do that with the revenue that we had coming to us."

He currently serves on the village's safety and finance committees and acts as council's liaison to the Plain Township trustees.

Marsh, a retired professor of veterinary medicine and poultry science, is now a semi-retired commercial veterinarian in the poultry industry.

Spalding, 39, said he is running for council to help plan for the village's future.

"I've been very involved in the village since I moved here," he said, noting his participating on the village's charter-review commission, personnel appeals board and strategic-planning committee.

Spalding, who has lived in New Albany for seven years, said there are three areas in which he would concentrate if elected: access to council, innovation and leadership.

He said he thinks the district could utilize technology in a more efficient way to both notify the community of important information and brand New Albany.

Spalding currently is the chief legal counsel for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and is married with three sons.

ThisWeek was unable to reach Richard Justman after repeated attempts.

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