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Posted on: November 6, 2023

Mayor seeking candidates to fill First Ward City Council seat


Columbus Mayor Jim Bulkley is now seeking applications from the public in hopes to appoint someone to a soon-to-be vacant Columbus City Council seat.

City Council President Beth Augustine Schulte, who represents the First Ward, announced on Nov. 6 her resignation from the City Council effective after the meeting on Nov. 20, 2023. She said she’s resigning because she will be relocating to an area home outside of the First Ward she represents. Learn more about Augustine-Schulte’s tenure on Council and her decision by clicking here.

“Beth has been an asset to the City of Columbus and she’ll be missed,” Bulkley said. “I think she’s done a really nice job. We’ve done so much in the last 15 years, it’s amazing. You take a drive around Columbus and see what’s going on, and she can say proudly she’s been part of it.”


Augustine-Schulte has approximately three years left on her current term, so Mayor Bulkley will appoint someone to fill the remainder of her term. Candidates must be at least 19 years of age and live in the First Ward district. Those who have interest are strongly encouraged to send their resumes to him at in the next 30 days.

“I’m not stuck on a timeline other than I think we want to fill it as quickly as we can. We want to give it time to allow the public to put in their name and their resume,” Bulkley said, noting those who have questions can contact him and Augustine-Schulte.

“It is a process I want to walk through carefully to find someone to replace her because that replacement will serve for over two years and have the ability to run again. It’s an important decision.”

The First District is also represented by City Councilman Charlie Bahr. The City Council meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month.

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