Celusta officially announces run for Council seatWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Republican Joe Celusta gathered supporters in front of a failed South Toledo hotel March 26 to officially announce his run for Toledo City Council. The District 2 seat was vacated by Mayor D. Michael Collins.
“We are here in District 2 at an example of the many locations throughout Toledo’s landscape and a main entrance for worldly visitors and students from the turnpike and look what we see,” Celusta said, referring to Southwyck. “The results of half a century of the buddy system government rule has turned one of the many gems of Toledo into their collection of abandoned buildings.”
Celusta, a self-described “Constitutional conservative,” said he would “deliver the idea of common sense” to Toledo City Council and use his experience as a businessman to serve Toledo residents.
“I have listened to the citizens of District 2 who are sick of government waste. They are sick of the potholes damaging their cars. They are sick of the landscape like Southwyck hurting their property values and they are sick of the mismanagement of Toledo’s funds resulting in a $700 million debt.
“Together we can put our city back on the map as a strong community and a desirable place to do business like it once was,” he said. “We need to change the way we have been governing and voting for the past several decades of poor leadership since my grandfathers administration in the ’50s.”
Celusta, a fifth-generation Toledoan, fell short in his bid for an at-large City Council seat in November. His grandfather was mayor of Toledo in the 1950s and his great-grandfather sat on City Council.
Celusta has said Southwyck is a key issue for District 2 and Toledo.
“Southwyck is vital to the city just for tax revenue,” Celusta told Toledo Free Press earlier this month. “It’s is very important to us because that’s where our future income is to support to the rest of the district. If we develop it, we get tax revenue out of the Southwyck area and that’s what fixes the streets.”
Celusta was a business owner for several years and most recently was senior manager of a $1.5 billion company, TrueNorth Energy. He said he was disappointed when TrueNorth built its company headquarters in Brecksville, Ohio, instead of Toledo and feels more attention needs to be paid to development opportunities in Toledo.
“Development is what Toledo is all about and I’m 100 percent Toledo,” Celusta said. “[In the last election] we lost someone like Adam Martinez, who was a quality Councilman. He was more the development type and hopefully I can fill that void.”
The District 2 seat is currently being filled by Democrat Matt Cherry, a Sheet Metal Workers Local 33 worker, who was appointed in January. Also planning to run are business owner Marcia Helman, an independent, and Toledo Public Schools board vice president Bob Vasquez, a Democrat.