Former teacher Kathy O’Nan wins Mayfield Mayoral Election


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In early November, a Mayfield teacher and City Council Member since 2003, Kathy O’Nan ran and was elected Mayor of Mayfield.

“I had taught at Mayfield High School for a very long time, and ever since the beginning of last school year I knew that was going to be my last time to teach and I was going to retire in May,” O’Nan explained.

“Last January at the city council meeting, the current mayor surprised us and said she was not running. I was thinking wait a minute, I’m retiring in May, I will have time to do it and I love the local government.”

O’Nan moved to Mayfield in 1976. “I grew up in a town of 2,000 people, and so when I moved to Mayfield of 10,000 people, oh my gosh! I’ve moved to the big city. For me, it was a big switch,” she said.

“I love that Mayfield is a community that gets behind its school systems. There is a lot of support.”

One of O’Nan’s main targets is urging the public’s involvement in the city itself, including the youth and older generations as well: “There are so many things going on in our city that isn’t being advertised by the organization or the people themselves leaving these projects unnoticed.”

Although O’Nan is a veteran city council member, she said she has faced hardships with her new seat in office. O’nan said, “It is more than just having control over the police and fire, a lot of it is listening to the people and learning the city.”

Overall, Kathy O’Nan plans to build Mayfield up to its full potential possible through her involvement and reaching out to the community projects. She continues to charm those of Mayfield with her kindness and willingness: “Mayfield is a wonderful, safe place. We have problems as everyone does, but it’s a safe place to raise your family with still those great family values.”


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