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Two councilmen unsuccessful in bids for higher office

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Two Reynoldsburg City Council members who unsuccessfully sought election to higher office Nov. 6 said they will focus their energies on continuing to serve the city.

Republican Chris Long came in second to Democrat Joyce Beatty in a four-way race to represent the 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

According to unofficial final results from the Franklin County Board of Elections, Beatty garnered 188,831 votes (67.72 percent); Long received 74,938 votes (26.88 percent); Libertarian Richard Ehrbar received 8,826 votes (3.17 percent) and Green Party candidate Bob Fitrakis received 5,993 votes (2.15 percent).

"I found the campaign enlightening," Long said. "I got an opportunity to meet quite a few families and businesses.

"I was asked to run and I stepped up. It was a district that was drawn as a heavy Democrat district and that is the way the vote went."

Long said his focus in the future will be to run for re-election to his city council post.

Nathan Burd, also a Republican, lost his bid for the 20th District seat in the Ohio House of Representatives to Democrat Heather Bishoff.

The final unofficial tally from the Franklin County Board of Elections shows Bishoff with 23,830 votes (58.51 percent) and Burd with 20,441 votes (41.49 percent).

Burd said the campaign was "a great experience."

"You get to meet so many people and learn a lot about the different issues facing our communities and our state," he said. "It does take a toll, though, especially when you have very young children and have to be away a lot of the time, but it is a unique experience and one that I won't forget.

He said he is not thinking of running for higher office again.

"I've been a council member in Reynoldsburg for nearly three years and I'm looking forward to continuing to serve my city," Burd said.

Had either or both men been victorious on Nov. 6, the remaining members of Reynoldsburg City Council would have been responsible for choosing someone to fill out their terms in office.

Also on Nov. 6, Reynoldsburg and Truro Township residents approved a 3.9-mill levy for the Truro Township Fire Department by a vote of 6,940 (56.88 percent) to 5,261 (43.12 percent.) The levy is expected to generate $1.8 million a year for the department, which Chief Steve Hein said would be used to support emergency services for the next six to eight years and to staff a full-time paramedic ambulance on the west side of Truro Township.

He emphasized prior to the election that the levy would not be used to increase pay or add personnel.

"The fire department will stand true to our commitments made regarding the levy and continue to serve Truro Township with good service and well-trained firefighter/paramedics," Hein said.

Voters approved three of four city charter amendments Nov. 6.

A proposal that would have allowed the city attorney to also act as legal counsel for Reynoldsburg schools was rejected, with 6,188 votes (46.61 percent) in favor and 7,087 votes (53.39 percent) against it.

An amendment that eliminates a mandate that the city hold a primary election if there are no contested races was approved by a vote of 8,252 (55.54 percent) to 6,605 (44.46 percent); an amendment that precludes the city development director from voting as a member of the planning commission was approved by a tally of 8,341 (58.50 percent) to 5,916 (41.50 percent); and an amendment that bars the development director from voting as a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals was approved by a count of 8,261 (58.08 percent) to 5,963 (41.92 percent).

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