by Kristin Casale
Munroe Falls -- Charter Review Commission Chairperson Ron Budzowski said he will throw his hat in this year's mayoral race.
According to the Summit County Board of Elections' office, Budzowski and resident Dennis Byrne have obtained petitions needed to appear on the Nov. 6 Munroe Falls mayoral election ballot. Potential candidates must submit 50 signatures to the board by Aug. 23 to appear on the ballot, according to the Board's office.
Mayor Frank Larson, whose first four-year term is up this December, has not obtained petitions for the race so far, stating June 20, "I haven't made my decision yet."
The mayor of Munroe Falls can hold office for an unlimited number of terms, according to Deputy Clerk of Council Amy Locy.
Budzowski, who has lived in the city since 1970, said this is the second time he will seek the office. He ran for mayor in 1992, losing to Gerald Hupp.
"I stayed active [in city business] over the years," he said. "I came and helped the city whenever I was asked."
Budzowski, 59, said he has served on three Charter Review Commissions, the Planning Commission, the Emergency Medical Services Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals and on City Council from 1978-79
He said serving on the most recent Charter Review Commission led him to run for mayor again, stating his goals, if elected, are to increase economic development and support for the community's civic groups and maintain the parks.
"I'm energized," said Budzowski. "Once I got involved again, it got the juices flowing again. I am overwhelmed with the support I've gotten already. I think I can help the city with my past history. I can bring business and get things done."
Budzowski has worked in the insurance business since 1979 and is president of Ron Budzowski Insurance Inc. in Cuyahoga Falls.
Budzowski said he consulted his wife, Mary Ann, and his children, Robin and Ron, before deciding to run for mayor.
"They said, 'You need to do it,'" he said. "They're the most important people in my life."