The Rundown

Rep. Crawley selected to fill open Franklin County commissioner seat

By: - June 25, 2021 3:45 pm

Rep. Erica Crawley, D-Columbus

State Rep. Erica Crawley’s new position has her moving a half-mile down High Street.

The Columbus lawmaker was selected by the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee to fill an open county commissioner seat. Crawley earned a narrow victory for the appointment over Elizabeth Brown, the president pro tempore of Columbus City Council.

Crawley is currently serving her second two-year term representing the Ohio House’s 26th District, which includes an eastern portion of Franklin County.

Crawley also serves as the top Democrat on the House Finance Committee. Her selection comes during the final stages of the state budget negotiations between House and Senate leaders.

It’s unclear when she will leave the legislature. The Columbus Dispatch reported Crawley is ready to take office at any point and would leave the budget negotiations to her colleagues if need be.

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Tyler Buchanan
Tyler Buchanan

Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.