Former City of Toledo employee once again seeking seat on city council
In our one-on-one interview, he addressed a concern about his past.
TOLEDO, Ohio — Shaun Strong is a former City of Toledo clerk specialist in the department of public utilities who’s once again seeking a seat on city council.
Tuesday evening at the Reynolds Corners Branch Library, Strong talked of the need for new, bold ideas from younger members of the community, as he believes District 1’s current, appointed council member, John Hobbs III, doesn’t adequately represent the people in his district, and isn’t as connected to his constituents as he should.
However, in 2019, Strong was charged with three violations of city policy regarding personal use of city equipment. It was in that same year he first sought a seat on city council representing District 1, the same district he’s running to represent now.
“Honestly, it was a mistake. It was something that happened not on company time, but with company resources. And I made amends for that, apologized for it, and, of course, gave back retribution to make sure everything was good,” Strong said.
“I think the biggest thing is that I just offer responsible and responsive leadership to the community. I’ve been a Blockwatch leader for almost three years now, I think that I have a good pulse on my community, and again, I just believe that government is for the people, by the people.”
Councilman Hobbs also held a meeting Tuesday night in the room adjacent to Strong’s. I attempted to catch up with him, but his meeting had already concluded by that time. The election to decide between both candidates is in November.