Upper Arlington News

Four already in race for UA City Council


It's early in the campaign season, but four hopefuls for Upper Arlington City Council already have emerged.

Upper Arlington voters will elect four at-large members to city council in November.

Although prospective officeholders have until Aug. 7 to file nominating petitions to compete in the general election, four candidates -- including three incumbents -- already have announced their intentions to run this fall.

Current council members John Adams, David DeCapua and Debbie Johnson all plan to seek re-election and former Upper Arlington High School Principal Kip Greenhill has announced he will run for a seat on council.

In addition to the three seats currently held by Adams, DeCapua and Johnson, current council Vice President Frank Ciotola's seat will be up for grabs Nov. 5.

Ciotola, who first was elected to council in 2005, cannot seek re-election because of Upper Arlington's city charter, which states council members cannot serve more than two consecutive, four-year terms.

If more than four candidates are certified to run, the top four vote-getters on Nov. 5 will win a four-year term on council.

Candidates seeking to run for council have until 4 p.m. Aug. 7 to file with the Franklin County Board of Elections.

According to board of election rules, candidates for Upper Arlington City Council must turn in a minimum of 50 signatures from individuals registered to vote in the city, or a maximum of 150 signatures.