A former Upper Arlington mayor has filed a protest against an initiative to oust a local city councilman because he was identified by his nickname on a recent petition drive.

A former Upper Arlington mayor has filed a protest against an initiative to oust a local city councilman because he was identified by his nickname on a recent petition drive.

Priscilla Mead has formally protested a recall initiative against Upper Arlington City Council member Kip Greenhill – because a recall group identified him as "Kip Greenhill" when collecting signatures for a special election.

Ben Piscitelli, public information officer for the Franklin County Board of Elections, said the process to determine if the group Save Northam Park filed enough valid signatures from registered Upper Arlington voters to recall Greenhill and fellow council members John C. Adams, David DeCapua and Debbie Johnson has been delayed because of the protest.

"We haven't certified the result of the (petitions) because a protest has been filed," Piscitelli said. "That's going to be heard at our next board meeting, which is July 15 at 10 a.m.

"She's challenging this because one of the petitions identified Kip Greenhill, as he's commonly known in UA, as 'Kip Greenhill,' but he's registered under the name of Francis Greenhill. So she's trying to invalidate the drive against him."

Mead couldn't be immediately reached for comment Thursday, June 30.

Greenhill said he was given the name Francis Greenhill III but he's been called "Kip" by family members "since the day I was born." He said he's prepared to stand collectively with Adams, DeCapua and Johnson to fight the recalls.

"All along, I've prepared to have a discussion with the community about the direction of the city," Greenhill said. "Quite frankly, I look forward to that."

Read more about the protest to an initiative to recall Greenhill in the July 7 edition of ThisWeek Upper Arlington News.

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