All four Republican candidates were elected to Hilliard City Council on Nov. 7.
They were running against two Democrats for four seats up for election. Hilliard is one of a few municipalities in Franklin County to have partisan City Council seats and conduct a primary.
With all precincts reporting Nov. 7, Andy Teater was the top vote-getter with 3,639 votes, or 19 percent of votes cast, in the six-candidate field, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.
The current president of the Hilliard school board, Teater backed last year’s Issue 9 to prohibit emergency rezonings by Hilliard City Council and the application of tax-increment-financing districts to residential developments.
Teater built on that momentum during his council campaign.
“Hilliard cannot continue to promote rapid residential growth … without an increase in commercial growth to help offset the tax burden of our current residents,” Teater said last month.
The three incumbent council members claimed the other seats. (Bill Uttley, the fourth incumbent, was defeated by Teater in the primary.)
Les Carrier received 3,091 votes (17 percent), Tom Baker 3,087 votes (17 percent) and Kelly McGivern 3,014 votes (16 percent).
Carrier also was a proponent of Issue 9 and said he met “a lot of great people” while promoting it.
“I appreciate the support and will serve our residents the best I can,” Carrier said.
During the campaign, Baker echoed Teater’s view of the need for additional commercial development to reduce the residential tax burden.
McGivern currently serves as council vice president.
“I fought hard,” she said of her campaign.
The other two candidates in the race were Democrats Sarah Schregardus and Chad Queen.
Schregardus stayed close to McGivern on Election Day, receiving 2,881 votes (15 percent).
Chad Queen received 2,322 votes (12 percent).
Queen said he has “no regrets.”
“I put myself out there and was not afraid to have real opinions but Hilliard went another way,” Queen said.
A seventh candidate, independent Joel Scipio, withdrew from the race earlier this fall but still received 664 votes (4 percent).