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Worthington council race no longer contested after Schmidt’s withdrawal

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The race for Worthington City Council no longer is contested.

Rob Schmidt recently withdrew his candidacy, said Ben Piscitelli, spokesman for the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Schmidt’s departure leaves four candidates vying for four open seats: incumbents Rachael Dorothy and Scott Myers, former council member David Norstrom and newcomer Michael Troper.

They will join council members Bob Chosy, Bonnie Michael and Doug Smith, whose seats aren’t up for election this year.

Smith defeated then-incumbent Norstrom in the 2011 general election.

Lou Goorey, who has been on council for 40 years and has been president since the 1980s, isn’t seeking re-election. Neither is Joe Davis, who has been on council since 2011.

Brian Seitz’s candidacy was ruled invalid in August because of an insufficient number of signatures on his nominating petition.

Schmidt, a partner at the law firm of Porter Wright, told ThisWeek he pulled out of the race after realizing he couldn’t commit enough time to it.

“I think the best way to put it is, until I figure out a way to get 25 hours out of a day, I seriously don’t have the time to do the work it takes to get elected,” he said. “Back when I completed paperwork in August and got signatures, the thinking about what I could do come September was very different. It didn’t seem fair to make the commitment at that point.”

Schmidt said he plans to continue helping the city, adding that he was reappointed earlier this month to represent the city on the board of Swim Inc., a nonprofit organization that runs the city’s pools.

With the late change, Schmidt’s name will still appear with the council slate in the voting booths. Piscitelli said the elections board would post a notice in Worthington precincts to inform voters that Schmidt has withdrawn and that votes cast for him will not be counted.

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