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Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien Loses To Democrat Gary Tyack

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien giving closing arguments in the case of Quentin Smith, who killed two Westerville Police officers, on Oct. 31, 2019.
Fred Squillante
Pool/Columbus Dispatch
Retired judge Gary Tyack defeated long-time Franklin County Prosecutor Ron OBrien.

Long-time Republican prosecutor Ron O'Brien lost his bid for a seventh term. O'Brien conceded the race early Wednesday morning to Democratic retired judge Gary Tyack.

Tyack received 53% percent of the vote compared to 47% for O'Brien, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Tyack, a former 10th District Court of Appeals Judge, said on Facebook early Wednesday morning that he wants to make the prosecutor's office work for everyone. 

"Franklin County — thank you for placing your faith in me. We will ensure we build a prosecutor’s office that works for everyone — period," Tyack said.

O'Brien tweeted early Wednesday morning that he looks forward to working with Tyack for a smooth transition.

Tyack supported the plan to create a Columbus Police Civilian Review Board, which was approved by Columbus voters on Tuesday. During a candidates' forum, Tyack said O'Brien never once indicted a white police officer for any crime where an officer has shot somebody.

Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.