Phil Tollett, New Guy on Council

Welcome to the 4th Ward City Council of Elyria, Ohio.

Don’t tell me this town ain’t got no heart … I can hear it beat out loud!                                                                                                                  ~Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia

city hall 1Tonight was my big night.  I was sworn in to council this evening, my wife Kathy and my sister Candy holding the bible, while I swore to uphold my new duties to the city that has been home for myself and my family for nearly all my years.

My dad, Arnold, was Ward 2 councilman.  Everyone in our family clearly remembers the night he was sworn in.  Two adults and five kids from 17 years old down to 5, all were trying to get ready in one bathroom … ’cause that was 1972.  Candy was crying because her brand new outfit was itchy and Dave was trying to eat dinner because he had just gotten home from work.  Dad, of course, had dibs on the shower.  While waiting my turn for hot water and soap, my oldest sister Rose realized her pet mice had escaped.  Again.  She eventually found them inside of the robe she put on.  Best.  Scream.  Ever!  And the best night ever!  Dad was bigger than life up in front of everyone who was important in the city and he was my hero.

Fast forward to September 4, 2018.  Although I was sworn in officially last week, they allowed me my glory moment of being publicly sworn in with my family there to support me and bear witness.  With both my kids back at college this week, it was a small but proud group there to watch.  My wife and kids, my sisters and brother and in-laws, my nephews and nieces and friends … this is what Elyria is all about to me and I want to make everyone proud by doing the right thing.

What is the right thing?  I’m not sure yet.  I haven’t had a chance to dig in and get my bearings yet, figure out what’s going on both in the spotlight and in the back room.  I think I’m going to need your help – and I’m talking to you, Ward 4.  I need to find out the concerns and issues that are most important to my neighbors and fellow local citizens.  I’m always open for a phone call, email, or conversation.  I’ll be reaching out to you but if there’s important issues affecting your life right now, don’t wait.  Reach out and let me know what YOU think.  I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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