Cherry elected to lead Toledo City Council

Matt Cherry, area Business Representative for Sheet Metal Workers Local 33, was voted the new president of Toledo City Council.

Cherry, 37, a Democrat who represents Council District 2, received 11 of 12 votes by council members to become their new leader.

As the Toledo City Council President, Cherry runs the bi-weekly meetings, sets the council agenda and appoints committee leaders. Additionally, should Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz pass away, resign or be removed from office, Cherry would then become mayor.

Matt Cherry was elected Toledo City Council President.

Cherry told The Toledo Blade that of all the candidates running for the seat, he was is in the best position to lead council for a two-year run. He described himself as a team builder, who will work with all of council and the administration.

“I get along with everyone,” said Cherry. “I have friendships with all the members. I’m able to work flexible hours,” he said.

Cherry said there was a lack of communication between the previous mayor and council. He wants to make sure that does not happen again.

“I’m hoping the new administration can work with council members to develop legislation and policy that works for everyone,” he said.

Cherry also said he wants to restructure council committees to better play to the strengths of each councilman and focus on spending taxpayer money wisely.

The Northwest Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council commends Cherry for his dedication and service to the City of Toledo and their residents and congratulates him on being elected to lead city council.

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