Former WWE wrestler Matt Morgan talks future as Longwood commissioner
Morgan defeated incumbent with 58 percent of the vote Tuesday
LONGWOOD, Fla. – There may be no bigger winner than Matt Morgan after Tuesday's election in Longwood.
The 7-foot-tall former WWE wrestler is the city's newest commissioner, after defeating incumbent Mark Weller with more than 58 percent of the vote.
"These past couple of days have been an absolute whirlwind," Morgan said.
Morgan hasn't been on the WWE stage for more than ten years, since his transition into medical sales. He admits he isn't a cookie-cutter commissioner.
"If you were about to tell me 10 years ago I was going to be a city commissioner, I would say 'You're crazy,'" he said.
Morgan credits the birth of his son for his change in careers.
"The switch went off where I'm done with wrestling," Morgan said. "How am I using who I am as a vehicle to serve others, not just these communities I would tour around the world. What am I doing here in Longwood?"
What does a former professional wrestler turned city commissioner have at the top of his agenda? Residents won't have to look much further than the corner of West Church Avenue and South Milwee Street, where both the police department and the fire department are in clear view.
The Longwood fire station has flooded three times in the last six months.
"Our fire department, getting out of that horribly dilapidated fire station, as well as our police department, we have six vacancies in our police department," Morgan said.
The commissioner-elect wants to attract more candidates to law enforcement in Longwood, which he said is underpaying its officers.
Morgan is scheduled to be sworn in on Monday as he begins his three-year term as the City of Longwood District 4 commissioner.
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