Franklin County First District Commissioner Tim Brinker Tuesday announced his candidacy for the county’s top elected office.

“Franklin County is absolutely first class, and I want to make sure we continue the great progress that will serve the absolute best interests of our citizens” Brinker said. “I look forward to being the ambassador of Franklin County, nurturing and enhancing relationships with our residents, municipal leaders, as well as state, and federal officials.”

A lifelong resident of Franklin County, Brinker can trace his roots back to Newport, the very first county seat of Franklin County where his ancestors settled from Germany in the early 1800s.

Brinker added that living in Franklin County has lit a torch of public service from the great citizens with values that make up the moral fabric of Franklin County.

In 1994 Brinker began public service as the youngest City Council person to serve Washington at the time at age 28.

He served there for 17-plus years and in 2012 and 2016 ran successfully for the Franklin County First District commissioner seat where he serves today.

“I am very proud of my track record, public safety, first responders, transportation issues, veteran concerns, property rights, as well as a strong commitment to economic enhancements and growth have always been my top interest,” Brinker said.

Brinker, 52, and wife of 28 years Betsy (Dill) Brinker reside in Washington and are the proud parents of Ryan 23, Holly, 19, Beau 13, and Scarlett, 9.