Reynoldsburg News

November election could create 2 council vacancies


Reynoldsburg City Council soon could have two vacancies, depending on the outcome of two Nov. 6 races.

Councilman Nathan Burd is running to represent Ohio House District 20 and Councilman Chris Long is running for the 3rd Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Burd is an at-large member of Reynoldsburg City Council who was elected in 2009. Long also is an at-large Council member who has served since 2010.

Council Clerk Nancy Frazier said two vacancies will not largely affect day-to-day council business.

"The council could still conduct business, but we would take action to fill the vacancies as soon as possible," she said.

That action would start with an official announcement of the vacancies by council President Doug Joseph, she said. People interested in serving out Burd's and Long's terms would have to send letters of interest to Frazier, along with resumes.

"Once the president makes the announcement, we would accept letters of interest," she said.

The city charter states vacancies on council will be filled by majority vote of the remaining members.

Frazier said all at-large council terms expire at the end of 2013.

Long, a Republican, is running against Democrat Joyce Beatty, write-in candidate Jeffrey Brown, Green Party candidate Bob Fitrakis and Libertarian candidate Richard Ehrbar.

Republican Burd's opponent is Democrat Heather Bishoff, a member of the Gahanna-Jefferson school board.