Jonathan Taylor will seek re-election as mayor of the village of Newark this fall.
Taylor was elected to replace retiring Mayor Peter Blandino in 2014. He served as village trustee in 2012-14.
“I have really enjoyed serving this community,” Taylor said. “Over the last four years, we have seen tremendous economic growth, spurred by investments in infrastructure. Many of these investments were made possible with our aggressive approach in seeking and successfully obtaining several grants. Our board has worked well together, particularly to control the village budget. This has allowed us to have three out of the last four years with zero tax increases, while improving village services including public safety. Our goal is a high quality of life for our residents.”
Taylor worked with the local business community and other government entities to promote growth and make quality-of-life improvements within the community. The mayor and his economic development team worked with executives as IEC Electronics Corp. to ensure the company would stay in Newark with its $20 million expansion at Silver Hill Technology Park.
During his tenure, Taylor worked with community groups to launch and plan new events such as Taste of Wayne County and Friday Night Movies in the Park. He held town hall-style meetings to keep citizens updated on plans and progress with projects such as the South Main Street reconstruction.
“Mayor Taylor has been very conscious about keeping local businesses and residents apprised of what is happening as the enormous South Main Street project is launched,” said Jessica Wells, president of Greater Newark Chamber of Commerce. “Feedback from businesses and residents alike has been extremely positive in terms of communications and cooperation. We couldn’t ask for a better leader for our village. I’m happy to see him seeking re-election.”
Taylor is a lifelong resident and Newark High School graduate. He earned a degree in animal science from Cornell University in Ithaca. He lives in the village with his wife, Cari, and their
two children. Taylor works as feed manager at a local dairy farm.