Franklin County Commissioner
Brooks re-elected to third term
Paula Brooks handily won re-election to the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.
Brooks, a two-term incumbent, defeated her opponent, Republican James Pfaff, by a vote of 310,639 (63.97 percent) to 174,992 (36.03 percent) on Nov. 6, according to final, unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.
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 2000-10 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.