Pickaway County Commissioner Brian Stewart announced today that he will seek re-election to a second term on the Board of Commissioners in 2016.
“During my first term we have had a balanced budget each year with no deficit spending, we have doubled the county’s cash reserves, and we have seen our local unemployment rate drop from 9% to 4%,” Stewart said. “That’s a record I am very excited to run on as I seek another term as county commissioner.”
Stewart is a former councilman for the Village of Ashville and an Iraq War veteran. He is also a partner with Farthing & Stewart LLP, a law practice in Circleville. He served three years on active duty in the U.S. Army as an infantryman, including a year-long deployment to the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad in 2005. For his actions, Stewart was twice awarded the Army Commendation Medal, and also earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Returning to college on the G.I. Bill, Stewart earned both his bachelor’s and law degrees from The Ohio State University.
“Serving as county commissioner has been a great privilege, and I have worked very hard to keep the promises I made when I ran for this job,” Stewart said. “We have made a lot of great progress in county government during my first term, and I want to continue building on that success.”
During his term, Commissioner Stewart has overseen the implementation of a new website for Pickaway County, the installation of public Wi-Fi throughout the courthouse, and numerous other improvements to county government. The Pickaway County Dog Shelter has seen a drop in its euthanasia to nearly 0%, coupled with a record high number of adoptions. In 2014 the county received Energy Star certification for the courthouse, ranking it among the top 16% of all building nationwide for energy efficiency, with a corresponding $171,000 in annual energy savings. Stewart has also worked closely with Pickaway Progress Partnership (P3), employers, and community leaders to help spur economic development. Through the commissioners’ activities in the Rickenbacker Area, Progress Parkway, and other areas, multiple new employers have located in Pickaway County in recent years and many existing employers have created additional jobs as well.
“I am very happy to be raising my family in Pickaway County and growing my business in Circleville,” Stewart added. “If we continue to work together towards fiscally responsible, common-sense conservative solutions, Pickaway County will become an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.”
Commissioner Stewart lives in Ashville with his wife Letanya, a registered nurse, and their daughters Salem (6) and Sidney (4). They attend Ashville Village Chapel UMC and are expecting their third child in February 2016.