Four of seven Borough Council seats are up for grabs in Columbia, with three council members not seeking reelection.

On the Democratic side, school nurse Sharon Lintner, electrical contractor Howard Stevens, transportation director Michael Shomody and software analyst Heather Zink are all running to get on council for the first time. Zink won a democratic spot through write-in votes in the May primary.

Zink formally ran and secured a spot on the Republican ticket, along with HVAC technician James Settle, Johnson Controls manager Eric Kauffman and incumbent council member Kelly Murphy.

This election cycle has revolved around issues of taxation and transparency.

Lintner held meetings at her home that led to the creation of the grassroots group Columbia Concerned Citizens following a 21% tax hike in the borough.

Many residents said they believed the hike was caused by a revolving loan program started by the borough in March 2018. Council voted to repeal the loan program in June.

Borough Council faced a pair of high-profile complaints to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office alleging the board violated the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act, the state’s open meetings law.

The district attorney’s office declined to investigate the first complaint filed late last year and cleared council from a second complaint in August.

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