Five Westerville residents could be headed to Columbus following next Tuesday's election.

Five Westerville residents could be headed to Columbus following next Tuesday's election.

Republican John Kasich, a former member of Congress, is running against Democratic incumbent Gov. Ted Strickland for the state's top seat. Also in the race are Libertarian Ken Matesz, Green Party candidate Dennis Spisak and write-in candidate David Sargent.

Republican Anne Gonzales, a Westerville City Council member since 2001 and a former mayor, is seeking election for Ohio's 20th District House seat. She and Libertarian Mike Johnston, also a Westerville resident, are challenging incumbent Democrat Marian Harris, of Columbus.

Westerville resident Richard Bird, a Democrat, is facing off against Republican Andrew Brenner, of Powell, for Ohio's 2nd District House seat.

Democrat Neil Patel, also of Westerville, is running against Republican Kris Jordan, of Powell, for Ohio's 19th District Senate seat. Jordan currently represents Ohio's 2nd House District.

Resident Mike Howard, a 28-year veteran of the state auditor's office, is running as the Libertarian candidate for auditor of state against Democrat David Pepper and Republican Dave Yost.

Westerville residents also will vote on a representative for the 12th Congressional district, in which Republican incumbent Pat Tiberi, of Genoa Township is being challenged by current Franklin County commissioner Paula Brooks, of Upper Arlington, and Libertarian Travis Irvine, of Bexley.

For the Statehouse, in Ohio's 3rd Senate District, Republican Kevin Bacon, of Minerva Park, is being challenged by Democrat Mark Pfeifer, of Reynoldsburg, and Libertarian William Yarbrough, of New Albany.

In the 20th Ohio House District, incumbent Democrat Nancy Garland, of New Albany, is being challenged by Libertarian Lawrence A. Binsky, of Bexley, and Republican Matthew J. Carle, of New Albany.

In the 21st Ohio House District, Democrat David W. Robinson and Republican Mike Duffey, both of Worthington, are battling for the seat.

The long ballot also will feature races for U.S. Senate, county commission and state offices, including attorney general, secretary of state, auditor of state and treasurer. There are also multiple races for judges' seats in the court of common pleas.

Also in Westerville, voters are being asked to approve changes to the city's charter.

The changes to the charter would allow council members to serve as notary publics or in the National Guard and would reserve the seat of a member serving in the National Guard; prohibit city employees from sitting on council; require ordinances and resolutions to be published in three public places instead of four; eliminate two months of severance pay for an ousted city manager; require the city manager to present to council a five-year financial forecast; add a requirement that the city manager must submit an annual budget and a five-year financial forecast to city council; omit language outlining conflicts of interest and insert that the city will follow the state's ethical standards; allow a member of a board being unseated the opportunity to seek counsel at a hearing before council; and omit language included in the original 1964 charter for transitional purposes.

The charter amendments will appear on the ballot as a single question. The entire amended charter is available on the city's website at www.westerville.org.

The proposed changes came out of a charter review commission, put together this year as is required every 10 years by the charter. Residents last voted to amend the charter in 1990.

Westerville voters will decide two local liquor options. Cluckers House of Wings, 8 E. Main St., is seeking approval for alcohol sales on weekdays and Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Duke and Duchess, 462 W. Main St., is seeking approval for weekday alcohol sales.

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