Columbus elections ended in a landslide victory for Republicans Tuesday.
By an overwhelming two-thirds majority, Republican Kristen Brown will be the second female mayor in Columbus history following her victory over Priscilla Scalf. The mayor-elect says she wants to work for her hometown to ensure that the community has a voice.
“Just getting started on the first of January, and digging in and rolling up my sleeves, and seeing where we are financially and getting a good handle on that and start building a broad based community wide division,” Brown says.
After finishing an appointed two-year city council term, Republican Jim Lienhoop won an at-large seat on the council, becoming the only sitting member to return for another term.
“I think what we have to do is realize a couple of things, one is there are a lot of people who didn’t vote for us and we’ve got to govern for the whole city,” he says. “And it’s not just the folks who put us in office that we’re responsible to, we’re responsible for the whole city.”
But with an all-Republican city council and a Republican mayor, defeated Democratic mayoral candidate Priscilla Scalf says she is concerned.
“The whole city government is Republican,” she says. ”I think that that makes it hard to have a true checks and balance when you have a totally, you know, one-party government. So, its going to be interesting to see what kind of effect that has.”
Brown said during her campaign she’d also like to focus on ethics reform in city government, including more competitive bidding for city contracts.