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New Albany City Council

All four incumbents to seek re-election


The four New Albany City Council members whose terms are expiring have decided to run for re-election as a team, Councilman Sloan Spalding said.

All four were expected to submit petitions for the November election this month, Spalding said.

New Albany City Council seats are nonpartisan and terms are for four years.

The filing deadline for candidates is Aug. 7, according to the Franklin County Board of Elections website.

Spalding, an attorney who serves as chief legal counsel to the Ohio Department of Mental Health, was elected in 2009 and is finishing his first term.

He serves as City Council's liaison to New Albany's architectural review board, board of zoning appeals and public-records commission and is chairman of the safety committee.

Chip Fellows, who works in the health-care industry, was appointed to City Council in 2006 and elected in 2007 to serve the remainder of Steve Minnick's term, which expired in 2009. He was re-elected in 2009.

Fellows serves as City Council's liaison to the New Albany-Plain Local School District and is chairman of the administration committee.

Colleen Briscoe, an attorney and partner in Briscoe and Webber Co., served as mayor of New Albany from 1996 to 2004 and was appointed to a City Council seat in 2004. She was elected to the seat in 2005 and again in 2009.

Briscoe retired from her city post in March to collect benefits, but was chosen in May to finish the term because no one else applied for the position, according to city officials.

City Council declined to make the appointment and Mayor Nancy Ferguson appointed Briscoe to the seat.

Briscoe said in March she retired to obtain her benefits through the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, citing recent changes in the state's benefits system.

Briscoe serves as City Council's liaison to the planning commission, economic-development commission and the community-improvement commission.

Glyde Marsh, a retired Ohio State University professor of veterinary science and a poultry medicine consultant, was first elected in 1993. He is finishing his sixth term on City Council.

Marsh is City Council's liaison to Plain Township and the board of construction appeals and chairman of the city's finance committee.