Northland Community Council Secretary Roseann Hicks has received an endorsement from Franklin County Republicans to seek a seat on Columbus City Council in November.

Northland Community Council Secretary Roseann Hicks has received an endorsement from Franklin County Republicans to seek a seat on Columbus City Council in November.

Hicks, 30, is one of three candidates named by Republicans last week to run for council.

Hicks, along with German Village resident Matt Ferris and Driving Park resident Alicia Healy will face current Democratic council members Priscilla Tyson, A. Troy Miller and Eileen Paley.

A lifelong Northland resident, Hicks manages her family's business, Yogi's Hoagies, and is active in the NCC and the Northland Area Business Association.

Hicks has never run for public office. She was one of 65 people who applied earlier this month to fill two vacancies on council.

At that time, she contacted Franklin County Republicans, whom she had not been affiliated with previously, to get some advice on the interview process.

Hicks said the party officials were intrigued by what she had to say and asked her to apply for the screening process to become a city council candidate.

"I wasn't really looking into this. It kind of found me," she said.

Hicks said she believes the three Republican candidates can run a strong campaign together this fall.

"I'm really encouraged by the opportunity that the three of us have this year," she said.

Hicks said she would like to see a greater balance on city council, in terms of both politics and geography. A Republican candidate has not been elected to hold a citywide office in 10 years.

"My goal is to strike a fair balance of ideological representation on city council," Hicks said. "It's been quite a while since (Northland has) even had a candidate for council."

If elected, Hicks said she would work to see the city address vacant commercial structures, which she calls a silent issue that has a big impact on communities.

The structures attract transients and graffiti, Hicks said, and city code is unclear when it comes to addressing them.

She said she also would like city council re-evaluate the budget and lay out a long-term plan for the city.

Hicks said she believes the city can make progress without raising taxes despite struggling with a tight budget.

"I know we're working with limited funds, but I don't believe a tax credit is the answer," she said.

Hicks has served the past two years as secretary of the NCC. She also has been active with the Maize Morse Tri-Area Civic Association and the Northland Area Business Association.

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