ORANGE — Mayor Kathy Mulcahy pulled a petition with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to run for re-election this fall, continuing her longstanding position in the village.
Mayor Mulcahy is completing her sixth term as mayor, having served 23 years so far.
“I have a lot of enthusiasm and ideas and a lot of things to accomplish,” she said in an interview on June 7. “I’m in a position in my career and my life where I can focus on the community full time and get a lot done.”
Council President Brandon Duber is the only other potential candidate to pull a petition for mayor so far. Mayor Mulcahy said that her decision to run for re-election came after a lot of thought and careful consideration. She said that she knows that the time to step down will come but she still has much to offer to the community. She said that Mr. Duber is an asset to council. They work well together, she added, and wants to work with him for another four years.
“I’m so proud of the community and I have a lot to offer to the community by bringing it into its next phase,” she said.
The mayor noted several major accomplishments from her current term, including the completion of Pinecrest, the new $230 million mixed-use district at Harvard Road and Interstate 271, the recreational trails, the village’s financial strength and Orange’s excellent scores on the community survey completed by residents four years ago.
Mayor Mulcahy shared two overarching goals that she would focus on in another term, including economic development and green space preservation. She explained that there is an opportunity to create economic growth on the peripheral of the village while preserving green space on the interior of the village. In addition, the mayor said that Orange needs housing for residents who want to stay in the village into their retirement years.
“I’ve always been extremely enthusiastic about this job and that hasn’t changed,” Mayor Mulcahy said. “We have to get it ready for future governance, too, and I’m looking to spend another term creating future leadership. We have great morale and staff and we’re ready to continue in a positive direction.”
Good decision-making will put Orange on the right path for the future, Mayor Mulcahy said, noting that this involves having enough time to commit to the job. “I bring strength to the job,” she said. “I’m wholly focused on it and that means a lot. I’m very proud of my record and of the community.