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Adam Brannon at work Adam Brannon 

Political Science

At 22 years of age – less than a year after graduating from The University of Findlay in 2007 – he became the youngest mayor in Ohio by defeating a two-term incumbent in Bellefontaine. He won by 15 votes. Four years later, Brannon, a Democrat, cruised to re-election with 63 percent of the vote in a city where Republicans outnumber Democrats three-to-one.

"Political science has nothing to do with politics,” he said. “In local government you get the job done and don’t worry about philosophies. We work closely with the (Republican-controlled) city council. We try to make sure they understand what we are doing because they authorize the expenditure of funds. If we both use common sense we can compromise and get a little bit of what we want and we get along real well for the city.”

"When I was in high school I didn’t know The University of Findlay existed until I got a brochure in the mail,” he said. “I went up there and was blown away. The Admissions people were great. They knew my name and made me feel welcomed. I hadn’t gotten that from other universities. I liked the atmosphere and decided to come here. When I got here as a student, the people and professors really helped to pull more out of me and knew what buttons to push to encourage me to get more work done.   “If it wasn’t for the professors I had and the people I knew I wouldn’t have the life I have today, professionally or personally.”