Upper Arlington voters Nov. 5 reelected a council member while also selecting two new leaders.
Upper Arlington City Council Vice President Brendan King was reelected to a second term, and Michaela Burriss and John Kulewicz each also were elected in a five-way race for three seats.
According to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections, Kulewicz was the top vote-getter with 5,667 (24%), followed by Burriss with 4,827 (21%) and King with 4,624 (20%). Angela Lanctot, who received 4,346 votes (19%), and incumbent Carolyn Casper, who took 3,751 votes (16%), rounded out the field.
Those results are expected to be certified by the board of elections by Nov. 26.
While King retained his place on council, Casper and councilwoman Sue Ralph, the latter of whom chose not to seek reelection, will yield their seats to Burriss and Kulewicz.
Kulewicz, a partner in the litigation group and appellate subgroup at the law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, said he was grateful for the confidence of voters, as well as "all of the people who were able to talk as I knocked on thousands of doors over the past four months."
"It was the best possible tutorial on what is important to the people of Upper Arlington. I am very optimistic about the future of UA and look forward to the responsibility of serving on city council."
Kulewicz said his main objectives as a newcomer to council will be to "study the budget in detail, look for ways to expand pool, park and recreation opportunities and get a behind-the-scenes look at one different aspect of city operations each month."
Burriss also will come to council with a legal background, as well. She's an attorney and works in the Ohio House of Representatives as a legal aide. She also co-owns Burriss Haus LLC.
"I'm overcome with gratitude for my neighbors who trusted me and joined me in working very hard on this campaign and on behalf of the community we share and love," she said. "This is a tremendous honor, and I have the utmost respect for the institution I've been elected to serve in.
"I'm looking forward to the hard work ahead on behalf of Upper Arlington's residents."
In her first year on council, Burriss plans to follow up on issues that recurred on her campaign trail.
"The appetite for a community center was clear to me while going door-to-door," she said. "I'm happy to support the work of our Community Center Feasibility Task Force in drafting a proposal that council can bring before voters."
Burriss added that she ran on "the promise of fiscal responsibility, identifying and maintaining housing solutions for different life stages, expanding alternative transportation and decreasing congestion, supporting small businesses and responsibly growing our economic base and general responsiveness and caring."
King, who also is an attorney and has his own practice, said he's "excited and honored to serve another term and continue to be part of the good work council has been doing over the last four years."
"I am also incredibly proud of the campaign I ran and very grateful we had five qualified and engaged candidates. Now, I am looking forward to getting back to work and helping to welcome John and Michaela to council."
King said his priorities for 2020 will be the same as those laid out during his campaign.
"Throughout my campaign, my three main priorities were: No. 1, making our city government work as efficiently as possible; No. 2, continuing to repair our aging infrastructure; and No.3, always working to improve the way our city government communicates and engages with our residents by being transparent and responsive."