Get to Know Elizabeth Brown

Get to Know Elizabeth Brown

Name: Elizabeth Brown
Office you’re seeking: Columbus City Council
Are you an incumbent? Yes
Age: 35
Facebook: /lizforus
Twitter: @lizforus
Tell us a little bit about yourself (i.e. where are you from, where’d you go to school, what you do for a living, etc.)
My service in Americorps as a teacher's assistant when I was 18 years old laid the foundation for my commitment to service and taught me the impact of public policy on people's lives. After college, my ongoing service to my community on nonprofit boards like the YWCA, my engagement in electoral fights like overturning Senate Bill 5 that dismantled the collective bargaining rights of public employees, and my professional work in economic development have given my the tools to address the broad needs of our city. I have demonstrated this in my first term on Columbus City Council by passing major reforms to our tax incentive policies and enhancing core city priorities like access to high-quality pre-Kindergarten.

Why are you running for this office?
Columbus is a vibrant and growing city with a tremendous future ahead. But we have real work to do to break down the barriers of poverty and build up working- and middle-class families. On Columbus City Council, I have used my experience in job creation and nonprofit service to fight for broad-based economic prosperity that works for every neighborhood, every small business, and every resident in this great community. The opportunity to continue this work is why I'm running for reelection. I believe it is deeply unjust that the ZIP code where a child is born is a predictive statistic for what kind of outcomes she can expect in her life – likelihood to go to college or serve time in prison, likelihood to earn a middle-class wage or barely a living wage, likelihood to live until 65 or 85, or even, likelihood to live past one year old. We need to level the playing field so that every child and every family can succeed.

What are the most important issues on your campaign?
More affordable housing, high-quality (and affordable) early childhood education for every child ages 0 to 5, and high-capacity mass transit options.

Give us a fun fact about yourself.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a poet! So from a young age my two favorite musicians have always been Jay-Z and Tori Amos.

What’s your favorite thing about Ohio?
Every corner of the state is unique, the people are friendly, and we’re the home of Jeni’s Ice Creams!

Which team is your favorite sports team? If there’s a fun reason why, tell us! 
I grew up watching Cleveland Indians baseball, and they will always be my favorite team to watch at home or in the ballpark. I love that I now live in a city that has their Triple A team.

If you were a professional athlete what song would you choose to be your “walk out” song?
Dirt Off Your Shoulder, Jay-Z

What TV show have you binge watched entirely too fast?
Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin

If you were an Olympic athlete, what sport would you compete in?
I am really not sure. Basketball? Because that seems like a universally great sport to be able pick up, so I’d love to be good at it.

Most importantly, how can young Dems help in your campaign?
Our Ohio Young Democrats are an incredible asset to all of us! It would be an honor to have some Young Dems help us out by canvassing – Columbus is a huge city to cover, and we need lots of volunteers! We’d also truly benefit from the incredible ability of YDs to spread the word as trusted messengers on various digital platforms. I really believe that in many cases, social media accounts are people’s “digital doorways” now for those who can’t be reached by canvassing.


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