The race for Hilliard City Council on the Nov. 7 ballot has decreased to six candidates for four seats after independent Joel Scipio said Sept. 22 he was withdrawing.

Scipio said new job responsibilities forced the decision.

“With my increased responsibilities in my career, I am now required to travel (several) days a week out of state (and) I cannot commit the time necessary to serve both the city of Hilliard and my job effectively,” he said. “I appreciate the opportunity and wish the other candidates the best of luck.”

Although Scipio has withdrawn, his name will remain on the ballot because it is too late to be removed, said Aaron Sellers, a spokesman for the Franklin County Board of Elections.

The board will notify polling locations that Scipio has withdrawn so it will be known to voters, Sellers said.

The field now includes four Republicans, three of them incumbents, and two Democrats.

They are Republican incumbents Tom Baker, Les Carrier and Kelly McGivern, Republican challenger Andy Teater, the current president of the Hilliard school board, and Democrats Sarah Schregardus and Chad Queen.

Hilliard is one of a few municipalities in Franklin County to have partisan City Council seats and conduct a primary, so the field was determined May 2.