Amid the names of candidates who filed petitions to run for office in Reynoldsburg in the May primary election, one was conspicuous by its absence.
Longtime City Auditor Richard Harris did not submit petitions to the Franklin County Board of Elections by the 4 p.m. deadline on Feb. 1 because, he said, he plans to retire.
"I'll be 66 by the end of the year," Harris said on Feb. 7. "After 14 years as city auditor, I think it's time.
"I've got some things I'm looking into, some volunteer work," he added. "The state sends people like me out to talk to high school and college students about investing and finances, so I may be doing some of that."
He has been Reynoldsburg'scity auditor since 2005, when he defeated then-incumbent Howard Whitney. Prior to that, he said, he served as city auditor in 2001 and 2002. He ran unopposed for the job in 2009 and 2013.
Those who did meet the Feb. 1 filing deadline include six Democrats and five Republicans -- slightly unusual in traditionally Republican Reynoldsburg.
Incumbent Ward 1 Councilman Stephen M. Cicak and Democrat Mildred M. Johnson are seeking to succeed Harris as city auditor. Cicak was elected to council in 2015 for a term that ends in 2019.
Three at-large City Council seats currently filled by Republicans Barth Cotner, Chris Long and Dan Skinner are up for re-election this year.
Cotner and Long filed petitions to run for re-election, but Skinner did not.
Other residents who filed petitions for the at-large council posts are Republicans Aaron DeLong and Charlie Myers and Democrats Stacie A. Baker, Kristin Bryant, Kelly Cruse, John P. Stearns and former City Councilman Cornelius McGrady III, who ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Mayor Brad McCloud in 2015.
Bryant ran unsuccessfully against Jed Hood for the city attorney position in 2015.
Just filing the petitions does not mean candidates will make it onto the May 2 ballot. The Franklin County Board of Elections must still examine the documents to determine if they contain enough valid signatures and have no discrepancies that would prevent them from being certified.
The elections board will meet Feb. 13 to certify petitions for the May primary, spokesman Aaron Sellers said.
Independent candidates have until May 1 to file petitions for the Nov. 7 general election.