Upper Arlington News

Franklin County Commissioner

Brooks re-elected to third term in office


Paula Brooks appears to have won re-election to the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.

Brooks, a two-term incumbent, was ahead of her opponent, Republican James Pfaff, by a vote of 269,442 (64.41 percent) to 148,869 (35.59) with 891 of 1,099 precincts reporting, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Brooks, a Democrat, said the county's leadership has kept it strong despite a struggling national economy. Unemployment is at 5.8 percent and the U.S. Department of Commerce recently reported that exports are up by $1 billion.

Among other bright spots in the region, population has increased 22 percent from 2000-2010 and Franklin County is the only Ohio county with a AAA bond rating from Moody's and Standard & Poor's, two powerhouse credit-rating agencies, which allows the county to borrow money at a lower rate.

"We're really blessed here," Brooks said. "We should work hard keep this economy going."

Democrats have full control of the county board of commissioners.

Pfaff, 53, of Grove City, is a former U.S. Air Force colonel.

Brooks, of Upper Arlington, graduated from Youngstown State University and received a law degree from Capital University.

Her public service work includes being a former investigator for the Ohio Attorney General's Office and assistant director of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services.

Brooks, 59, also served on Upper Arlington City Council.