Mayor Brenda Bodnar has announced that she will run for re-election this fall.
Bodnar was elected mayor in 2015 in her first attempt at running for public office.
So far, one opponent is known. In February, architect Ron DiNardo announced that he would run for Mayfield mayor this fall.
In an email announcing her intention to run for a second term, Bodnar spoke of a healthy village economy.
“Even though tax revenues received from the state have steadily decreased, we have paid down our existing debt from $16.3 million in 2009 to $4.2 million at the end of 2018. (The village) paid cash for our purchases and improvements, and have the money set aside to pay our remaining debt.
“We have devoted resources to economic development so that we can attract new businesses and maintain and grow the thriving business base which sustains us. We have worked with businesses to find creative solutions that will benefit our community, as well as our business base,” she said in the email.
“Projects for 2019 include renovations to the Civic Center to make it ADA compliant; repaving Wilson Mills (Road), east of S.O.M. (Center Road), including fortification of the berm; and a new ambulance — all expensive projects for which we will pay cash.”
Also scheduled for this year are more improvements at The Grove amphitheater.
The village’s general fund balance, as of Dec. 31, stood at $21.46 million.
Bodnar, 59, has lived in the village since 2002. Her family consists of her husband, Paul; daughters Karin Bozak and Kristina Bodnar; and two granddaughters.
Bodnar, a lawyer, previously served as chair of the Mayfield Village Civil Service Commission and Citizens Advisory Committee.
The position of mayor is part-time and pays a salary of $26,000.
Bodnar lists as accomplishments over the past three-plus years the opening of the village’s new Community Room, expanded recreational programming and “working closely with our Senior Services and the Community Partnership on Aging to provide for the growing needs of our aging population.”
“We funded major infrastructure projects and worked with the Sewer District on projects to alleviate erosion and flooding,” Bodnar stated. “We have diligently sought grants where available, and to that end, we have obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money to help pay for improvements.”
Bodnar said her work as mayor is not yet done.
“We will complete our new master plan so that it reflects community character and goals, we will continue to advance the safety and recreational needs of our community, and continue to take a proactive and fair approach to working with businesses, tying incentives to documented growth.
“We live in a great community,” she said. “I am grateful to be here, humbled to serve as mayor and excited for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”