Former Executive Councilor Dave Wheeler took a step toward returning to the council Tuesday, winning the GOP primary for the District 5 seat.
The Milford Republican defeated Steve Hattamer of Hollis.
Wheeler served on the council for one term, but lost his bid for re-election to Democrat Deb Pignatelli in 2012.
Pignatelli chose not to seek another term.
Wheeler will face Nashua Alderman Diane Sheehan, who defeated Jennifer Daler in the Democratic primary.