At least one new member will join the Hilliard school board next year because two-term incumbent Heather Keck is not seeking reelection in November.
The filing deadline with the Franklin County Board of Elections for the Nov. 5 general election was 4 p.m. Aug. 7. The deadline for write-in candidates is Aug. 26.
All candidates and issues are to be certified by the elections board by Aug. 27. Check ThisWeekNEWS.com/Hilliard for certification updates; ThisWeek’s full election coverage will begin after the certifications.
Military and overseas voting begins Sept. 20; early in-person voting and absentee voting for others begins Oct. 8.
In addition to a 3.1-mill 10-year renewal levy for Franklin County Children Services and two local charter-amendment requests, the following candidates filed for the ballot in Hilliard and in Brown and Norwich townships:
Hilliard school board
Incumbent: Nadia Long
Challengers: Brian Morgan, Jon Parker-Jones, Brian Perry and Stasi Trout
Incumbent not running: Heather Keck
Two seats are up for election; the other three seats are mid-term and will be elected in 2021.
Keck, who will complete her second four-year term Dec. 31, said the combination of the district being “in good hands” moving forward and a desire to spend more time with family were factors in her decision not to run again.
"I have felt so privileged to have had the opportunity to serve the district for eight years,” Keck said. “There are some really great people running for election.”
Hilliard City Council
Republican incumbents: Pete Marsh and Omar Tarazi
Republican challenger: Bob Stepp
Democrat challengers: Tina Cottone, Deryck Richardson II and Cynthia Vermillion
Incumbent not running: Nathan Painter, a Republican
Because Hilliard City Council has a partisan primary, the field of Democrat and Republican candidates was determined earlier this year.
Three Democrat and four Republican candidates met a filing deadline in February for each party's potential May 7 primary, but then Republican Albert Iosue, a former Hilliard council member who resigned to accept the city's service-director job, withdrew his bid for a new council term beginning in 2020.
Tarazi was appointed in March to fill the unexpired term of Iosue after Tarazi had already filed a petition for the Republican primary; Marsh was appointed to City Council in January 2018 to fill the unexpired term of Joe Erb.
After Iosue's withdrawal, neither party had a number of candidates that exceeded the number of open seats, so neither primary was necessary.
Brown Township trustees
Incumbent: Pam Sayre (unopposed)
The other two trustee seats in Brown Township are up for election in 2021.
Brown Township fiscal officer
Challenger: Becky Kent (unopposed)
Incumbent not running: Greg Ruwe
Norwich Township trustees
Incumbent: Tim Roberts (unopposed)
The other two trustee seats in Norwich Township are up for election in 2021.
Norwich Township fiscal officer
Incumbent: Jamie Miles (unopposed)
Hilliard charter amendments
One of the two proposed charter amendments would abolish the city’s partisan primary elections. The other amendment is for "general updates,” according to the city.