The President's Corner
This month I am officially signing off on The President’s Corner. It has been a true pleasure over the past almost twelve years writing about the people, events, and places of Parma as your President of City Council. As you probably know, on November 8, I was elected by the residents of the 14th District to represent them in the Ohio House of Representatives at the Statehouse in Columbus.
Let me begin by saying thank you to the residents of Parma’s second ward. You elected me in 2003, then re-elected me in 2005, 2007, and 2009, to represent you and our neighborhood on City Council. Since then, you have continued to support me in my runs for President of City Council and my recent run for State Representative. Please know how much I truly care about you all and treasure our friendship. As I begin my new level of service, know that Deena and I plan to continue to reside on Hampstead Avenue, where we happily raised our two beautiful children.
To the residents of the City of Parma. You selected me as your President of City Council in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2021. What an honor it has been representing Ohio’s seventh largest city over these past eleven years. Please know that I always worked my hardest to do all I could in my power to improve the quality of life in our fine city. I am very proud to call Parma my home and, again, have no plans to move.
To the residents of the 14th District, which encompasses all of Parma and Parma Heights, as well as portions of wards 11, 16, and 17 in Cleveland’s historic West Park neighborhood. I am truly honored that you have selected me to work on your behalf in Columbus. I will soon be leaving my position as President of Parma City Council as well as my beloved teaching career to be your full time legislator. There is a lot of work to do at the Statehouse and I am ready to take my nearly 20 years of experience on city council and 30 years in public education to Columbus to represent our communities to the best of my ability.
There are hundreds of folks that I owe a debt of gratitude to, but I would be remiss if I did not mention one person in particular. To my bride and love of my life, Deena. I have been smitten ever since our first talk on “our” park bench on the campus of the University of Dayton. You brought me to Parma over 30 years ago and I knew this was where I wanted to raise our family. Like Alexander Hamilton’s beloved Eliza, God blessed me with the “best of wives and best of women.” Thank you for your support of my public service over the years and the sacrifices that you have made and continue to make so that I can fulfill this calling.
In January, I will return under a new column, which I have not decided what to name as of this writing. The focus will change to reflect Statehouse news affecting the 14th District. If you have any suggestions for the name of the new column, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-382-2289. Until then, best wishes to you and yours for a very blessed Christmas Season and New Year.
Parma City Council President Sean Brennan