Democrat Terry J. Brown appeared on his way to oust incumbent Republican Daphne Hawk from the Franklin County Recorder's Office.
According to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections with 891 of 1,099 precincts reporting at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, Brown led with 238,991 votes -- 58 percent -- to Hawk's 170,860 votes -- 42 percent.
"I'm just so excited for the opportunity to be able to serve the people of Franklin County," Brown said.
"Once again, the people of Franklin County have rejected negative campaigning ... I'm proud of my positive campaign."
Both Brown and Hawk were running for the office for the first time.
Hawk was appointed to the office last year to replace Robert G. Montgomery, who became a judge in Franklin County Probate Court.
Brown, who has lived in the Westgate Park neighborhood in Columbus with his partner, Joel Bradley, for five years, has worked as internal auditor in the Franklin County Municipal Clerk of Courts Office for the past two and a half years, and also boasts experience from the Franklin County Zoning Commission and other county boards.
Brown said once he takes office, he plans to offer living wills and power of attorney documents online as well as set up a system that would notify people of any changes made to documents regarding property in their name.
Brown also plans to work to educate the public on the responsibilities of the county recorder.
Hawk, a lifelong Grove City resident, has a background in real estate and education that led her to the job.
Hawk and her husband, Keith, have two sons, one daughter and two grandchildren.