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PERRYSVILLE -- Perrysville mayor Heather Mullinnex faces a challenge from councilman Jonas R. Bush in the upcoming election, which is the first mayoral election for both candidates.
Mullinex, 49, was appointed mayor in February 2019 when former mayor, Richard Miles resigned. Prior to this, she had been on council for approximately six years.
Her opponent, Bush, 49, has been on Perrysville Village Council for eight years.
The winner would serve as mayor from January 2020 through December 2023.
Mullinnex says she’d like the chance to continue on as mayor.
Though the news that Miles was stepping down and she’d need to become mayor came as a surprise earlier this year, she believes she’s done well in the role.
“I like the position now that I’m into it, that I’m comfortable with it,” Mullinnex said. “I like the chance to serve my community.”
She was appointed mayor in February 2019 after about six years on village council.
She highlighted how she’s been involved in laying the groundwork for a $1.6 million water supply improvement project. The sewer plant needs to be improved to meet new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)) updates, she said.
Further, if elected, she sees the need to repave and beautify the streets. She wants to take steps to make the streets look “more aesthetically pleasing.”
Mullinnex was born in Boston, Massachuttes, but moved in Danville, Ohio as a child. She graduated from Danville High School in 1988 and later attended the Knox County Career Center and the Central Ohio Technical College.
She and her husband moved to Perrysville in the late 1990’s when their oldest son was starting school. They’ve lived here ever since and raised their three children in Perrysville.
Mullinnex works full-time as an EMT, and she’s a former member of the fire department.
“I don’t know if there’s a best fit (for mayor). I think you fit yourself for that position and grow into the role,” Mullinnex said. “And so far, I think I’m doing okay.”
Mullinnex’s opponent, Bush has been a representative on Perrysville Village Council since 2012.
“I started going to council meetings when I bought my house 16 years ago,” Bush said. “My father told me when I was growing up told me, if I did not go to meetings I can't complain if I'm not involved.”
As a councilman, he says he’s strived to be there for the people and share his knowledge with other new village representatives.
If elected mayor, he says he’d look to make sure the village residents know that their voice matters, it’s not just “some people’s agenda.”
“All the nepotism isn't any good for the village,” he said.
One of his short term goals is to “earn the trust back of the whole village.”
And in the long term, he looks to fix roads, help local businesses whenever possible and make Loudonville a village that “younger people would like to live in.”
Bush says he’s the best fit for office because of his ability to get along with everyone -- “despite their status in society.”
“I am not related to anyone that also holds an office in this village,” he added.
Outside of his involvement on council, Bush is part of the cemetery board, chairman of the planning committee, liaison for Rotary club of Loudonville, General contractor running work crews.
Currently, he owns a handyman service and helps in construction/excavating Courtney Enterprise
“(I’m) able to look at what needs done and how to work with people to get it done,” he said.
Later he continued, “I am a people person who will tell you how it is and will do what I say I am going to do.”
Bush grew up in Loudonville and moved to Perrysville in 2003. He says he attended college, where he studied business management.