The political headline in Brook Park is a story of redemption. Come Jan. 1, for the first time in 12 years, Tom Coyne will be walking back inside City Hall.
That's after a very public battle with alcohol, but Coyne says he is anxious to put that behind him and get to work for what he calls the working man's Beverly Hills.
At 64 years old, Tom Coyne is the new comeback kid, but long nights aren't as easy as they were when he was first elected mayor when he was 30 years old.
"I'm pretty tired. My feet were a little sore last evening," says Coyne.
That's because since May, Coyne has been going door to door in Brook Park, campaigning for a job he held for 20 years before retiring in 2001.
As mayor, he is well known for working out a land swap deal with Cleveland, which gave Brook Park NASA's Glenn Research Center. But he's also very well-known for his battles with alcohol, which led to him violating probation by getting drunk and then blacking out in a North Olmsted driveway. He then went to jail and rehab. Now, he's glad to have something else to talk about.
"I hope for the last time we can discuss my issues of 10 years ago because they are over," says Coyne.
And since Coyne won this three-way race with 49 percent of the vote, voters are clearly ready to move on as well.
"I've been given a second opportunity. Could I stay in my business and make a lot of money? Yeah. This is something I need to do," says Coyne.
That includes working to bring foreign investment to Brook Park and capitalizing on the success and cutting edge technology at NASA Glenn.
So does this seasoned vet who's seen his share of political ups and personal downs still refer to himself as the "prince" of the city?
"No," he says, "I'm not the prince of the city, I am the mayor."
Right now, the mayor-elect is also working on assembling his staff, which will include bringing back some of his old team.