Thirteen Westerville residents have thrown their hats in the ring to become the next member of city council.

Thirteen Westerville residents have thrown their hats in the ring to become the next member of city council.

Applications to fill the seat soon to be vacated by Anne Gonzales were due to council Dec. 17. Gonzales was elected to serve as representative to Ohio's 20th House District in November.

Gonzales' resignation from council will be effective Dec. 31, but her term does not expire until Nov. 30, 2013.

Applicants for the seat include:

Bill Highfield, who served on council for 12 years before retiring in November 2009. In his cover letter to council, Highfield said he would be able to step up to fill Gonzales' seat without needing time to learn council procedures and city issues.

Nathan Aichele, a legislative aide to Ohio Sen. Keith Faber. In his application, Aichele said economic development is the most important issue for the city, and he said he would like to serve on council to promote the city.

Thomas Kolda, a consultant who holds a Ph.D. and has worked for universities including Case Western Reserve University, the University of Wisconsin and Ohio State. Kolda previously served as a city council member in Whitewater, Wis.

Mark Welling, a project executive with Quandel construction. In his application, Welling said his experience as an engineer would help to make land use and development decisions for the city.

Douglas Rankin, a former U.S. Department of Defense employee.

Al Voll, a retired marketing executive. According to his application, Voll said he would like to work to increase aid to those in need and employment opportunities across the socioeconomic spectrum.

Jeff Hartnell, the current executive director of the Westerville Visitors' and Convention Bureau and owner of Hartnell & Associates, a marketing, advertising and promotional firm. With his experience, Hartnell said in his application that he would be able to help attract businesses to Westerville and publicize what the city does in attracting businesses and serving its residents.

Timothy Davey, a financial planner with JPMorgan. In his application, Davey stressed decreasing city expenditures through actions such as reducing the sidewalk rehabilitation program and reducing employee salaries and benefits.

D. Richard Roseman, an attorney who is currently serving a four-year term on Westerville's Board of Zoning Appeals. If on council, Roseman said he would aim to make decisions that encourage business in Westerville and wise investments in the city, such as the Community Center and State Street improvements.

L. Michael Howard, a certified public accountant. In his application, Howard said council should focus on maintaining basic public services in a time of anticipated funding cuts from the state.

Jenifer French, a trail lawyer. In her application, French said the city must focus on attracting and retaining businesses, as well as on retaining residents by marketing the city's services and amenities.

Maureen Trimble, who is a human resources director for a chain of retirement homes.

Amy Koorn, an attorney with the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas who was recently appointed to serve on the Westerville Planning Commission, effective in January. In her application, Koorn said the city must focus on maintaining its facilities and infrastructure in a time when the city can expect to see drastic funding cuts from the state.

Over the next few weeks, city council will select applicants to interview for the seat.

Council members are expected to vote on Gonzales' replacement before the end of January.