The Hilliard school board race will be contested after a write-in petition was certified Sept. 11 by the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Write-in Douglas “D.J.” Williams joins Mark Abate and incumbents Paul Lambert and Lisa Whiting in the race for three school board seats on the Nov. 7 general-election ballot. Board President Andy Teater is not seeking re-election because he is running for Hilliard City Council.

Williams, 42, finished fourth in a field of five candidates in 1995 for election to the school board and appeared as a write-in candidate in an unsuccessful bid in 1999 before moving outside the school district.

He since has moved back.

On Aug. 21, the elections board certified Abate, Lambert and Whiting to run in November. Four local trustee candidates also were certified, and the City Council field was decided during the May primary.

The candidate lists are as follows:

Brown Township trustee
(two candidates, two seats)

• Gary L. Dever (incumbent)

• Joseph T. Martin (incumbent)

Norwich Township trustee
(two candidates, two seats)

• Charles Buck (incumbent)

• Larry Earman (incumbent) 

Hilliard is one of a few municipalities in Franklin County to have partisan City Council seats and conduct a primary, so the field of seven candidates for four seats was determined May 2:


• Tom Baker (incumbent)

• Les Carrier (incumbent)

• Kelly McGivern (incumbent)

• Andy Teater (school board president who launched council campaign)


• Sarah Schregardus

• Chad Queen


• Joel Scipio