Westerville City Council seats likely will be decided this year before the Nov. 3 election.

Westerville City Council seats likely will be decided this year before the Nov. 3 election.

Four candidates filed petitions with the Franklin County Board of Elections for four seats before the Aug. 20 filing deadline. The petitions must be certified by the board of elections before the candidates' names are placed on the ballot.

Westerville Mayor Anne Gonzales, Vice Mayor Kathy Cocuzzi and council member Mike Heyek are all seeking re-election. Lawrence Jenkins also filed a petition to run for city council.

Four candidates filed petitions for three seats on the Westerville Board of Education. Incumbents Kevin Hoffman, who serves as board president, Kristi Robbins, who serves as vice president, and Denise Pope filed petitions for re-election. A fourth petition was filed by Al Hammond.

One of the most contested races in the area will be for a seat on the Blendon Township board of trustees, with four candidates filing for two seats.

Recently appointed trustee Alex Stallings and trustee Stew Flaherty filed for re-election, while James Welch and Janice D. Heichel also filed to run.

Also on local ballots, Westerville residents will decide the fate of the Westerville school district's 11.4-mill replacement levy. If passed, the levy would raise taxes by 7.97 mills.

In Blendon Township, residents will see a five-year, 2.5-mill renewal levy on the November ballot that would support police services. Money generated by the levy would be collected starting in January.

Residents in Delaware County are being asked to approve two one-year levies, a 0.4-mill levy to construct an emergency siren system and a 0.1-mill levy to maintain it.

Two Westerville businesses also have placed local liquor options on the November ballot.

Lucky House Chinese Restaurant, 56 E. Schrock Road, has placed an option for weekday and Sunday sales.

SuperAmerica Beverage LLC has put liquor options for weekday and Sunday sales on the ballot for Speedway, 360 S. State St.