Voters in Hilliard and the Hilliard City Schools district will make several local decisions on the Tuesday, Nov. 5, general-election ballot.

The slate includes races for Hilliard City Council and Hilliard school board, two proposed charter amendments and a countywide levy.

All local township races, however, are unopposed.


Six council candidates – three Democrats and three Republicans – are vying for three seats, all of which are held by Republicans.

One of those Republican officeholders, Nathan Painter, did not seek reelection.

The other two Republican officeholders, Pete Marsh and Omar Tarazi, are seeking election to their seats for the first time.

They were appointed to council early in 2018 and 2019, respectively, replacing Joe Erb and Albert Iosue.

The third Republican candidate is Bob Stepp.

The three Democrat candidates for council are Tina Cottone, Deryck Richardson II and Cynthia Vermillion.

Because council has a partisan primary, the field of Democrat and Republican candidates was determined earlier this year.

Three Democrats and four Republicans met a filing deadline in February for each party's potential May 7 primary, but then Iosue, a Republican who had resigned from council to accept the city's service-director job but still was running for a new term in 2020, withdrew his bid.

After Iosue's withdrawal, neither party had more candidates than the number of seats up for election, so neither primary was necessary.

Charter amendments

This could be the last election with partisan primaries for council because Hilliard voters will consider Issue 26, a proposed charter amendment to eliminate the partisan primary elections, on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Meanwhile, Issue 25 is a broad set of modifications to the charter.

Some of the language reflects simple cleanup but there are several notable changes. They include:

* A two-year residency requirement for election eligibility to council.

* Permission for council to adjourn into executive session, or a closed meeting, to discuss economic-development matters.

* A reduction in the number of required readings for nonemergency ordinances from three to two.

* A reduction in the terms of planning and zoning commission members from six to four years.

* Removal of the 60-day waiting period for some zoning changes to become effective.

* Permission for council to institute tax-increment-financing districts with residential components with the approval of the school board or Norwich Township trustees, as applicable.

School board

In the school district, which includes all of Hilliard and parts of Columbus and Dublin, five candidates are vying for two school board seats.

They are incumbent Nadia Long and challengers Brian Morgan, Jon Parker-Jones, Brian Perry and Stasi Trout.

The other board seat is held by Heather Keck, who is not seeking election.

Countywide levy

Local voters also will consider a countywide levy: a 3.1-mill, 10-year renewal levy for Franklin County Children Services that has been designated as Issue 10 by the Franklin County Board of Elections.

The 3.1-mill renewal levy is expected to generate more than $85.6 million annually, according to The Columbus Dispatch. The levy will cost property owners about $84.50 per $100,000 in valuation, and it is collecting at an effective rate of 2.76 mills, according to the Franklin County Auditor's Office.


In Brown Township, incumbent trustee Pam Sayre is unopposed. The other two trustee seats in Brown Township are up for election in 2021.

Brown Township fiscal officer candidate Becky Kent also is unopposed. The current fiscal officer, Greg Ruwe, did not seek reelection.

In Norwich Township, incumbent trustee Tim Roberts is unopposed. The other two trustee seats in Norwich Township are up for election in 2021.

Norwich Township fiscal officer Jamie Miles also is unopposed in a bid for reelection.

More coverage

Military and overseas voting began Sept. 20; early in-person and absentee voting for others began Oct. 8.

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