By Jim Krencik
Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — The opportunity for villagers to chose their leaders will come Tuesday, when two seats on the Medina Village Board are filled through a public vote.
The ballot will contain two familiar names and a space for write-in votes for a pair of two-year terms, which means that Deputy Mayor Mark Irwin and Trustee Mark Kruzynski will likely enjoy an early victory on election night.
Voting will be held from noon to 9 p.m. at the Medina Senior Citizens Center, 615 West Avenue.
Irwin and Kruzynski, both running on the Village Party ticket, are eager to continue on with the work undertaken this term on initiatives to reduce governmental costs, encourage growth in the downtown business district and improve residential neighborhoods.
Irwin, a retired corrections officer who lives on East Avenue, has served on the village board for four years after a dozen on the village’s planning board.
”I’ve seen a lot of improvements and I think there’s more coming,” said Irwin, who noted that he’s pleased to have seen progress come to the village government, even if it has come at a slow pace.
”It’s disappointing to me that there hasn’t been more done with (the CGR study), but I think everyone knew it would be a long hard process,” said Irwin, who chairs the board’s fire department committee and sits on the police committee. “I ran on consolidation (in 2011) and we’ve had slow progress, but perhaps now there’s some movement.”
Kruzynski, who lives on State Street, has worked for the Medina Central School District since 1999 and currently serves as the high school principal. Irwin said he’s excited to that Kruzynski is running for re-election.
”Mark (Kruzynski) is a very diligent trustee and always good to work with,” said Irwin, who believes maintaining the current board will be beneficial for the village. “We’ve had a number of trustees that bowed out after one term recently. I think it’s good to have some stability for a few years in a row.”Contact reporter Jim Krencik at 798-1400, ext. 6327.