Columbus City Council Member Resigns
Amid an FBI bribery investigation, Democratic Columbus City Council member Michelle Mills says she will resign on September 4th and will not run for election this year. Mills, who like her six fellow council members was appointed to her seat, was running for one of four seats this fall. Mills failed to properly disclose her trip to the Big Ten Championship football game with Council president and Mayoral candidate Andy Ginther and two other council members. The trip was paid for by lobbyist and Ginther friend John Raphael. Mills failed to include the trip on her financial-disclosure form with the Ohio Ethics Commission. Former Redflex CEO Karen Finley, who pleaded guilty to bribery charges in June, said she used Raphael to funnel money to Columbus and Cincinnati elected officials to secure and expand municipal contracts. Mills' five-person nominating committee has chosen 31-year-old Elizabeth Brown, the daughter of Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, to replace Mills on the ballot.