With John Butterfield choosing to not seek re-election, the Worthington City Council race will have six candidates running to fill four seats this November.

With John Butterfield choosing to not seek re-election, the Worthington City Council race will have six candidates running to fill four seats this November.

The other three incumbents filed petitions seeking re-election with the Franklin County Board of Elections by the August 20 deadline.

They include council president Lou Goorey, who has been on council since 1973; Michael Duffey, who is closing out his first four-year term; and Dave Foust, who was elected two years ago to a two-year term.

Challengers will be D.J. Falcoski, who lives on Olentangy River Road and serves on the Board of Zoning Appeals; Scott Myers, a resident of Colonial Avenue and member of the Municipal Planning Commission; and newcomer Doug Smith, a resident of Eastfield Road.

The race for a seat on the Worthington Board of Education will be less interesting, with no one filing to challenge the three incumbents. Board president David Bressman and board members Marc Schare and Jennifer Best all filed petitions by the deadline.

The Sharon Township trustee race could draw some interest, since voters must fill the seat vacated by Dave Bachelor, who chose not to seek re-election after serving on the board for 28 years.

John Oberle will seek re-election. Challengers will be Edward Johnston, 430 Crandall Drive; John Haueisen, 587 Fox Lane; and Linda Jarrett, 55 Dunhill St.

In Perry Township, three candidates will run for two seats to be filled. Candidates will be Robert Myers, 2450 Merbrook Road; James Roper, 1183 Circle on the Green; and Andrew English, 1589 Newcomer Road.

The tiny Village of Riverlea, with 499 residents, attracted the most candidates for its four openings on its council. Village Mayor Mary Jo Cusack said it was very exciting to see so much interest among residents.

Filing for village council were Michael Blanchard, Deborah Barman, Kelsey Unrue, Jon Ankrom, Larry Casterline, Daniel Noonan, Mark Haimerl, Eric MacGilvray, Scott Gordon, Donald Griffith, Jeff Pisching, and Briggs Hamor.

Hamor was incorrectly listed by the Franklin County Board of Elections as a candidate for Worthington City Council. He never intended to run for a Worthington seat, since he lives in Riverlea.

The board also listed Foust as a candidate for Worthington Board of Education. Foust never intended to run for school board, according to a spokesperson for the city of Worthington.