The Westland Area Commission is looking for a few devoted individuals to serve their community.

The Westland Area Commission is looking for a few devoted individuals to serve their community.

Three incumbent commissioners will be running for re-election on Saturday, May 7, with voting to take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, 5100 W. Broad St., in the main lobby.

Those running for another three-year term are Jim Kennedy, Mellissa Barth-Kell and Dorothy Jantzen.

Discussion of the upcoming election and how to better market the commission to the community dominated the WAC's April 20 meeting.

Linda Pitts, who chairs the commission, said it currently has a total of seven vacancies.

"We are looking for people who are willing to put themselves out there to advocate for the community and are willing to meet members of Columbus City Council," Pitts said. "We would love to have more people participate."

All positions on the commission are three-year terms. Candidates must be age 18 or older and must live, work or own property in the commission area.

Pitts said anyone interested in serving can contact her directly at WAClpitts@aol.com or phone (614) 878-1301 ext. 119. Those interested in serving on the commission should call soon, she said. Petitions will be accepted through April 29.

Pitts said she would also like the commission to meet prior to its May meeting in order to create a flyer that would advertise the commission to the community.

"I would like us to create a newsletter with pictures of commission members," she said.

That flyer would contain information about the members and the mission of the commission, Pitts said. It could be distributed during the Prairie Township Fish Fry in June and/or the annual Westland Area Independence Day Celebration in July.

"We need something to hand out to the public," Pitts said. "I want to get something together now and have something to approve at the next meeting."

The purpose of the commission is to serve as a liaison to Columbus City Council. The commission gives council input on issues of zoning or any other concerns that Westland Area residents may have.

"We also need a way to gain input from the community," Pitts said. "We need to find out what issues are important to the community."

The Westland Area Commission meets at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital.