Hilliard City Council members are expected to interview six candidates for a vacant council seat March 11.

Eight applicants had sought appointment. One was deemed ineligible because of residency requirements. Another, Melinda Dennis, withdrew, according to council clerk Lynne Fasone.

The application deadline was Feb. 25.

The six remaining candidates are Robert J. Apel, Brian English, Theodore Owens, Tamim Parsa, Greg St. Clair and Omar Tarazi.

Council members will interview each candidate for 10 minutes during their committee-of-the-whole meeting, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way, according to the meeting agenda.

Council is expected to appoint a new member March 18, Fasone said.

The appointee will complete the term of former council President Albert Iosue, who resigned from City Council on Feb. 10 but still is seeking election to a new term beginning Jan. 1.

Tarazi has been certified by the Franklin County Board of Elections to run in the May 7 Republican primary, but any other appointee may seek election only as an independent candidate, according to Aaron Sellers, a spokesman for the Franklin County Board of Elections.

The independent filing deadline is May 6, the day before the primary, Sellers said.

An appointee also could file as a write-in candidate on the November general-election ballot, Sellers said.

The filing deadline for write-in candidates for the general election is Aug. 26, according to the elections board’s website.

Three other Republicans, council member Pete Marsh, Iosue and Bob Stepp also have been certified. The top three will advance to face three unopposed Democrats – Tina Cottone, Deryck Richardson and Cynthia Vermillion – who have been certified for the general election in November.

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