Mayor Gary W. Starr and City Council are pleased to announce that Martin J. Sweeney, State Representative for District 14 in the Ohio House of Representatives, will be leading the 10th Annual Summer in the City Parade as the Grand Marshall, on Thursday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. The parade route will begin at the intersection of Pearl and Bagley Roads and will proceed northeast along Pearl Road to Smith Road for the opening of the festival.
Born and raised in Cleveland, State Representative Martin J. Sweeney has led a storied career of dedicated public service. His role in government began on January 13, 1997, as Ward 16 councilman for the City of Cleveland, serving in that position until December 2005 when he was elected President of City Council. Representative Sweeney’s leadership and cooperation with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson garnered hundreds of millions of dollars in economic development, supported improvements in safety and police visibility, and bolstered job creation before his tenure on Cleveland City Council came to an end in 2013. Representative Sweeney then took his love of Northeastern Ohio to Columbus, serving as the state representative for District 14 in the Ohio House of Representatives since January 6, 2015. Throughout his time in public service, Representative Sweeney has remained committed to the well-being of Cleveland and its surrounding communities, including the continued redevelopment of downtown.
A graduate of St. Ignatius High School, Representative Sweeney holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Cleveland State University. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2004, the Harvard Program for Leadership Development, and was the recipient of Cleveland State University’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award for Community Service. To this day, Representative Sweeney remains a proud resident of Cleveland, living with his four daughters near Jefferson Park.