Even with a father who is well-known in state and national politics, Elizabeth Brown said she plans to run on her own merits when seeking a seat on Columbus City Council this fall.

Even with a father who is well-known in state and national politics, Elizabeth Brown said she plans to run on her own merits when seeking a seat on Columbus City Council this fall.

"I bring my own experience to the table," said Brown, whose father, Sherrod Brown, is serving his second term as a U.S. senator from Ohio.

Brown, a Democrat like her father, said she would welcome his help on the campaign trail.

"I think my dad's stumping for me right now somewhere," she said. "He may help me in various ways. We 100 percent haven't figured that all out yet."

A nominating committee on Aug. 10, named Brown as a replacement candidate for incumbent Michelle M. Mills in the race for council.

Mills, who was seeking re-election this fall, dropped out of the race without explanation Monday.

In December 2014, Mills reportedly went on a bus trip to the Big Ten Championship football game with John Raphael, who was a lobbyist for Redflex Traffic Systems, the city's former photo red-light camera provider.

The company and its contracts are part of a federal investigation into allegations of bribery.

Mills was one of four members of City Council who went on the trip, which cost $250, a price agreed upon by all, Raphael has said in published reports.

Although Mills did not disclose her trip on her financial disclosure form with the Ohio Ethics Commission, she eventually paid for it after the investigation of Redflex and its contracts became public, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Brown, 31, declined to comment about the investigation but said she had a "lot of respect" for the work Mills has done as president and CEO of the St. Stephen's Community House in the Linden area.

The organization offers families civic- and social-service programs and provides mentoring and tutoring for children.

"Really, my focus is, I have 83 days from (Aug. 12) to campaign and make the case to voters that I will serve them well," Brown said.

For more on this story, read the Aug. 20 edition of ThisWeek.