Omar Tarazi will experience what it’s like to serve on Hilliard City Council regardless of the outcome of the May 7 primary election or the Nov. 5 general election.
City Council on March 18 selected Tarazi to complete the term of former council president Albert Iosue.
Tarazi is among the four Republicans who were certified Feb. 6 by the Franklin County Board of Elections to run for council in the May 7 primary. The others are Iosue, Pete Marsh and Bobby Stepp; they are running for three spots on the general-election ballot.
Tarazi was selected from among five candidates whom council members interviewed March 11, but he was the only one who already had filed to run for council.
Council President Kelly McGivern administered the oath of office immediately after the members present voted 5-0 to appoint him.
“I’m humbled,” Tarazi said.
McGivern said it “was certainly a tough decision” from a pool of “great applicants."
The other candidates interviewed were Robert Apel, Brian English, Theodore Owens and Greg St. Clair.
Three council seats are up for election in November. Hilliard is one of the few cities in central Ohio to have partisan elections for council seats.
Two of the seats up for election are held by Marsh and Nathan Painter, who did not seek re-election. The third was held by Iosue and now is occupied by Tarazi.
No primary outcome is necessary for Democrats because only three, Tina Cottone, Deryck Richardson II and Cynthia Vermillion, were certified to run. They will advance to the November ballot to face the three winners of the Republican primary.