West Side News

Franklin County Commissioner

Brooks re-elected to third term


Paula Brooks won re-election Nov. 6 to the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.

Brooks, a two-term incumbent Democrat, received 310,639 votes, or 63.97 percent, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Her opponent, Republican James Pfaff, received 174,992 votes, or 36.03 percent.

Brooks 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 board of commissioners.

Brooks, 59, of Upper Arlington, graduated from Youngstown State University and received a law degree from Capital University.

She is a former investigator for the Ohio Attorney General's Office and assistant director of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. She also served on Upper Arlington City Council.