Hilliard school board President Andy Teater said his goal is to transition seamlessly into his new role as a member of Hilliard City Council and to observe and learn as much as possible before he begins his term Jan.1.

Teater was the top vote-getter in the Nov. 7 general election and the Republican primary in May.

"While it was great to be the leading vote-getter, the election is over and I am now just one of seven members that need to work together for the community," he said.

Teater, 55, opted to forgo seeking re-election to a fourth term on the school board.

His campaign was launched after he backed last year's Issue 9 charter-amendment drive to prohibit emergency rezonings by City Council and the application of tax-increment-financing districts to residential developments or residential components in developments.

"I am very thankful for all the people that voted for me and especially the volunteers and supporters who helped in the campaign," Teater said.

Teater said his 12 years of experience on the school board lay an important foundation for him to begin his City Council tenure but he knows there is a difference.

"(My board experience) has helped prepare me for City Council (but) I do realize that there will be a lot I need to learn about City Council and the administration," Teater said. "I plan to meet with people in the administration and review city finances to follow the budget process (for 2018)."

Teater will take his council seat with three other Republicans who were re-elected: Tom Baker, Les Carrier, and Kelly McGivern.

They were running against two Democrats -- Sarah Schregardus and Chad Queen -- for four seats up for election. Hilliard is one of a few municipalities in Franklin County to have partisan council seats and conduct a primary.

Teater led the six-candidate field with 3,639 votes, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections. Carrier received 3,091 votes, Baker 3,087 votes, McGivern 3,014 votes, Schregardus 2,881 votes and Queen 2,322 votes.

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Mark Abate will take Teater's place on the Hilliard school board.

Abate, 40, said his preparations have included the annual conference of the Ohio School Boards Association.

"Once I'm on the board, I'll be doing a lot of listening, asking questions and learning," he said. "I'm excited and honored to be elected."

Abate, for whom the board of elections tallied 6,791 votes, will joint incumbents Lisa Whiting, the top vote-getter with 8,601, and Paul Lambert, who had 7,662 votes. The trio were unopposed on the ballot for the three school board seats, although certified write-in candidate Douglas "D.J" Williams also was eligible for the race. He received 224 votes.

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