PERRYSVILLE -- Approximately ten months after Heather Mullinnex was appointed mayor of Perrysville, she has won her first full-term as mayor.
Mullinnex beat out her opponent and current councilman, Jonas R. Bush with 70.07 percent of the vote, according to final unofficial election results from the Ashland County Board of Elections.
“I’m really excited. It’s nice to have been elected to a position to represent the people of our little town,” she said. “I want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting what we’re doing here in Perrysville."
Mullinnex, 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.
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. In a pre-election interview, 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.
If elected, she promised to continue pushing that forward and 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.