Five incumbents and three challengers have announced plans to run for five seats on Worthington City Council in November.

Five incumbents and three challengers have announced plans to run for five seats on Worthington City Council in November.

Candidates have until 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, to file nominating petitions with the Franklin County Board of Elections. By then, more candidates could appear, and the three challengers must decide if they want to run for a four-year or a two-year term.

Bonnie Michael, Bob Chosy and Dave Norstrom all plan to run to maintain their seats. This is the regular year in which their seats would be up for re-election and, if elected, they would serve four more years on council.

That is where "regular" ends with this election.

Robert Schmidt and Joseph Davis have been appointed to council in the past two years. Schmidt was appointed to replace Dave Foust, who resigned when he moved from the city. Davis was appointed to replace Mike Duffey, who left to serve in the Ohio House of Representatives.

Both promised the council members who appointed them that they would be candidates in the fall for the seats to which they were appointed. If elected, they will serve two-year terms.

Doug Smith, D.J. Falcoski and Rachael Dorothy must decide whether to challenge one of the established council members for a four-year seat or take on Schmidt and Davis for a two-year term.

Smith said he has not decided but is leaning toward running against Michael, Chosy and Norstrom for a four-year term.

Falcoski said he would seek one of the two-year seats. He said he respects Michael too much to run against her.

Dorothy did not return phone calls, and her candidate website does not indicate which seat she would pursue.

None of the veteran council members had a difficult time deciding to run, they said. Each wants to continue to be involved with projects that are under way, such as the development of the Shops at Worthington Place, the reconstruction of the I-270/U.S. Route 23 interchange and the Wilson Bridge corridor plan.

Michael, an attorney in private practice, is seeking a fifth term.

Continuing to provide high-quality city services in light of state budget cuts will be a challenge facing council in the coming years, she said.

Chosy, a retired physician, also seeks a fifth term.

"With so many changes on council, I think it's good to have a person with some history on there," he said.

Norstrom, a transportation consultant, is completing his first four-year term.

"I value what I am doing," he said. "Cost-effective operations continue to be a primary concern."

Davis, co-owner of Worthington Jewelers, said he believes the proposed Riverlea annexation and the challenges created by the state budget would be issues in the campaign.

Schmidt, an attorney with Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, played a pivotal role on the Riverlea Annexation Commission and believes the annexation proposal would be a key part of the campaign.

Smith, who was kept off the ballot two years ago because of an error on his nominating petitions, said he continues to want to make Worthington a better place to live.

Hiring an economic development manager in December was a good move, he said, but council needs to listen to his ideas and give him the proper support.

Smith is self-employed in the marketing field, he said.

Falcoski ran for council two years ago. Development continues to be the most important issue, he said.

"The Wilson Bridge study is a great start; now we need to do all we can to attract developers," Falcoski said.

He is chief operating officer with Market Ready Real Estate Services and serves on the Worthington Board of Zoning Appeals.

Dorothy was one of the finalists when council was choosing a replacement for Duffey.

She is a mechanical engineer specializing in energy conservation and sustainable design with Burgess & Niple.

She is president of the Colonial Hills Civic Association and serves on the BZA.