Parma City Council President Brennan wins the 14th Ohio House District Representatives race

PARMA, Ohio — Parma City Council President Sean Brennan won the 14th Circuit State Representative seat in the Ohio House of Representatives on Election Day.

“It’s just surreal,” said Brennan, a 28-year-old American government teacher at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School who has called Parma home for nearly three decades. “I have told my students that the American dream is still alive.

“I grew up with a single mom who worked hard to make ends meet. Knowing that this kid who lived in a trailer park will now become one of 99 members of the Ohio House of Representatives is overwhelming. I try to teach my students that if you set goals and work really hard to surround yourself with good people, you can make your dreams come true. You can work miracles.”

The total number of votes was 19,739 (55.56 percent) for Brennan versus 15,786 (44.44 percent) for Jolene B. Austin, according to the final, unofficial results of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

The seat was open after current Representative Jeff Crossman opted not to seek re-election and instead made an unsuccessful bid for Ohio Attorney General.

Brennan’s seat, which previously represented the 15th Ohio House District but was changed after the redistribution, serves residents of Parma, Parma Heights and half of West Park in Cleveland.

After nearly 19 years at City Hall, Brennan said the timing was right to run for the open seat.

“I would never have considered it when my kids were little just because of my own experiences as a kid,” said Brennan, a University of Dayton graduate student. “When my children were born, I looked them both in the eye and said. ‘I will be there for you every day.’

“But now that my kids are grown, I have two decades of city council experience and three decades of teaching experience. That’s 50 years of public service to take with me to Columbus and put to good use for 14th Circuit voters.”

The new role in the state capital means Brennan will step down from Parma City Council as well as his position as a teacher.

“I’m not going to lie, I thought about it several times throughout the campaign,” Brennan said. “There were times when I broke down, especially when it came to teaching. There are very few things I would leave my beloved classroom and students for.

“I’ll feel like I’m playing hooky if I don’t go to school every morning. And it’s going to be weird not going to City Hall Monday night because I’ve been doing this for so long, but I know I can go to Columbus and work with people on both sides of the aisle to make a difference for our community.”

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