NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio — Longtime North Olmsted Ward 3 Metropolis Councilman Paul Schumann introduced this week he won’t be looking for re-election within the fall.
“I actually type of deliberate on leaving earlier than COVID hit, however I spotted I couldn’t be that man so I stayed for the yr,” stated Schumann, 64. “I actually appreciated working with residents. What I don’t like is the politics. I’ve been fortunate to have the ability to get stuff accomplished as a result of I’ve by no means named a celebration.
“I’m impartial and I’m actually pleased with that. I’ve been in a position to achieve spite of that or possibly due to it. What I simply couldn’t take had been the politics anymore. You see plenty of skilled politicians who’re leaving politics now. It’s been a tough yr.”
First appointed to workplace in early 2011, Schumann was elected to the Ward 3 seat later that yr and ran uncontested in 2013 and 2017. Early on in his tenure, the councilman stated no matter celebration affiliations metropolis council was just about on the identical web page and in a position to get issues accomplished.
“As of late, issues — easy stuff — are held in committee and find yourself taking eternally to get by means of,” Schumann stated. “All people desires to speak issues to dying. These conferences are a burden. I don’t want that.
“Members of metropolis council try to make it seem like metropolis corridor is in chaos — and has been in chaos for some time — however that’s simply not true. I’ve been working with the administrators and other people at metropolis corridor for years now and these are good folks. I proceed to help the mayor. So it’s metropolis council that has been in chaos.”
Schumann confused he’s not attempting to make some “grand assertion” however as a substitute that it’s time for hopefully somebody youthful to steer residents of Ward 3.
“I simply really feel like I did lots whereas on metropolis council and there are different issues I need to do,” Schumann stated. “I’m concerned with Frostville Museum and the Olmsted Historic Society. I even have a bunch of different issues occurring in my life.”
Along with a profitable 30-plus yr actual property funding profession, the lively resident, volunteer and former North Olmsted Citizen of the yr is concentrated on his current nonprofit endeavor.
The Schumann Basis, which he runs together with his daughter Chelsea Kulhanek, helps the enhancement of cultural and academic alternatives in Northeast Ohio. The muse started this yr by awarding a $1,000 money subsidy to help a graduating North Olmsted Excessive College senior.
Schumann additionally plans on spending extra time together with his spouse, Julia, their three kids and two grandsons, Jack and Henry.
“Paul has accomplished an excellent job for not solely his ward, however for all North Olmsted residents,” stated North Olmsted Mayor Kevin Kennedy in a press launch.
“He research the problems and extra importantly, understands them. I’m proud to have served with him and want him the perfect as he strikes on to larger issues.”
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