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First Day on the Job for 2 New Councilmen

Matt Schonhut, Jim Carbone start their duties this week

Strongsville's cast their first official votes at Tuesday night's council meeting, 24 hours after taking the oath of office.

and start 2012 as the new representatives in Wards 2 and 3, respectively. 

"Welcome to government, and welcome to governing," Mayor Tom Perciak told them as Tuesday's organizational meeting started. "We look forward to a very successful four years."

Carbone got an assignment as his first council meeting -- Council President Mike Daymut appointed him to serve as council's liaison to the Strongsville schools.

"I think it's fitting," Carbone said. "I'm a school resource officer (in North Olmsted) and I went to Strongsville schools kindergarten through 12."

Otherwise, Carbone said he wants to spend his first weeks in office "learning as much as I can."

Schonhut, 20, is by far Strongsville's youngest councilman. He beat longtime Councilman Ray Haseley in a close race in Ward 2, while Carbone bested Larry Frawley in a race for the seat vacated by Mark Roth in Ward 3.

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