H/T Kevin Knedler:
Doug Caruso at the Columbus Dispatch:
Republicans and Libertarians reached a deal today that cancels the need for a Columbus City Council primary and ensures that two candidates from each of those parties are on the ballot in November.
The city charter requires a primary only if there are more than two candidates for each open seat.
[..] both parties agreed it was best to conserve their campaign resources for the November contest rather than fighting one another for spots on that ballot.
“The Libertarians and the Republicans looked at the cost of a primary and took into account how wealthy the incumbent Democratic candidates will be because of the contributions from people who do business with the city and who want to influence policy decisions at City Hall,” he said.
Remaining on the ballot are Republicans Matthew Ferris and Daryl Hennessy; Libertarians Mark Noble and Robert Bridges….
Despite the deal to reduce the number of candidates, the Republicans and Libertarians are not running together as a slate.
Read more here.