This year’s Hilliard City Council elections could be the last with candidates appearing as Democrats and Republicans.

Several council members said they supported the recommendation of the city's charter-review commission to amend the charter to have nonpartisan council elections instead of partisan primary and general elections.

Voters would be asked to approve the charter amendment if City Council votes to place the issue on the ballot for the November general election.

“I am personally fine with it. (Political affiliation) is just a barrier,” council member Nathan Painter said.

“I agree,” council member Andy Teater said.

Teater said the subject “is a good candidate” to be presented as a separate question on the ballot.

Council members Pete Marsh and Tom Baker concurred with the recommendation that it be placed on the ballot.

The other two council members, Kelly McGivern and Les Carrier, were not present.

Council members are expected April 8 to conclude reviewing all the recommendations of the charter-review commission, council clerk Lynne Fasone said.

An ordinance placing all recommended amendments on the ballot received a first reading in September and was referred back to committee, where it has remained, Fasone said.

If City Council moves that ordinance out of committee April 8, it could receive a second reading April 22, said staff attorney Kelly Clodfelder.

Teater suggested asking the voters for nonpartisan elections as a separate ballot issue so it would not influence the outcome of other recommended amendments.

To do that would require a separate ordinance, Clodfelder said.

It likely would not receive a first reading any sooner than April 22, she said.

Read more in the March 21 edition of the ThisWeek Hilliard Northwest News.