Brian Close, Jim Lynch, Kip Greenhill and Michele Hoyle were elected to Upper Arlington City Council Nov. 7 in an eight-way race for four seats.
Close was the night’s top vote-getter with 7,661 votes (17 percent), according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections on Tuesday night, Nov. 7.
He was followed closely by Lynch, who collected 7,318 (17 percent); Greenhill with 6,885 votes (16 percent); and Hoyle 6,702 (15 percent).
Those left on the outside looking in were Michaela Burriss, who received 5,648 votes (13 percent), Bob Foulk with 4,656 votes (11 percent), Omar Ganoom with 4,106 votes (9 percent) and Lowell Toms, who received 972 votes (2 percent).
During his campaign, Close said ensuring local infrastructure “is in line with the same high expectations we have for our own homes” and moving forward with “smart and thoughtful development” were priorities.
“First, we need to develop a clear plan for our community's expectations, including the size, location, aesthetics and character of each new development,” he said. “Next, we need to demand that any new development fits the character of our community and does not change it.
“Last, we need to ensure that each new development provides a substantial tax return so the city can continue to provide the services we expect and infrastructure we deserve.”
Like Close, Lynch touted “responsible development” during his campaign. He also said council needs to improve the way it “talks to and listens to its citizens.”
“Increasing government transparency, communications and citizen involvement are essential as Upper Arlington moves forward,” Lynch said. “I plan to help our community improve the ways it speaks and listens to residents about key issues impacting our neighborhoods and quality of life.”
Greenhill, a former Upper Arlington High School principal and current council vice president, was elected to his second term.
“My experience will allow me to bring our city together as we prepare for a population growth of over 500,000 in central Ohio,” Greenhill said while campaigning. “I can help our city experience its best days ever.”
Hoyle spoke of fiscal responsibility through budget analysis and shared-services with other government agencies in the run-up to the election.
“Serving on City Council will allow me to use budget and financial skills honed over 30 years in Columbus and Dublin to provide valuable expertise to my own community as we develop our vision for Upper Arlington's second century,” she said.
Close, Lynch and Hoyle will fill seats currently held by council President Debbie Johnson and Councilmen John C. Adams and David DeCapua.
Johnson and DeCapua, both two-term council members, will leave office at the end of this year due to term limits. Adams chose not to seek re-election after being appointed to council in December 2011, reappointed in January 2013 and elected to a four-year term that November.