Thomas Longo

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Not to be confused with Tom Longo.

Thomas J. Longo is an Ohio politician of the Democratic Party, and was Mayor of the city of Garfield Heights, Ohio.

Mayor Thomas J. Longo worked as an employee of the Ohio Bell Telephone Company. In 1975, he was elected to the Garfield Heights City Council member representing the city's fourth ward. In 1983, he succeeded incumbent Mayor Theodore S. Holtz. He has won every election since 1983. Mayor Longo has been the longest serving mayor in Garfield Heights as of May 2006.

In 2004, Mayor Longo was elected as President of the Mayors and City Managers Association of Cuyahoga County. Mayor Longo gave up this title in June 2006. In 2005 and 2006 Mayor Longo was featured in a Cleveland Business magazine as one of the most powerful mayors in Cuyahoga County.{Inside Cleveland Business March 2006}

Mayor Longo also serves on the board of the North East Ohio Regional Sewer District.

He is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition,[1] a bi-partisan group with a stated goal of "making the public safer by getting illegal guns off the streets." The Coalition is co-chaired by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Mayor Longo was instrumental in converting an old landfill to a shopping center named City View. Despite issues of venting methane gas which accumulated over the decades, this is the first project of its kind in Ohio to be built on Landfill.

He is currently married and has three children.

As of 2006, he served as the Chagrin/Southeast Regional representative for the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission.[2]

In April 2009, Longo announced that he would not be running for mayor in the 2009 Mayoral contest. The residents of Garfield Heights elected their first new mayor in 26 years on November 3, 2009. The winner was former Fire Chief Victor "Vic" Collova, who then entered office in December 2009.


  1. ^ "Coalition Members". Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Cuyahoga County Planning Commission Members". Cuyahoga County Planning Commission. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Inside Cleveland Business March 2006 edition
  • The Garfield Heights Leader archives
  • The Garfield/Maple Heights Sun Newspaper

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