Sidari submits petitions to run again for Medina mayor

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 February 2022 at 9:43 pm

Trustees Sherman and Elliott also seeking re-election

Photo by Tom Rivers: Medina Mayor Mike Sidari tosses candy to kids along Main Street and East Center Street on May 27, 2019 during the Memorial Day parade.

MEDINA – Three members of the Medina Village Board, including Mayor Mike Sidari, have submitted petitions to run for re-election. No other candidates submitted petitions by today’s 4 p.m. deadline. Candidates need petitions signed by at least 100 registered voters in the village.

Sidari and incumbent trustees Marguerite Sherman and Tim Elliott are running under the independent “The Village Party” for the March 15 election.

Sidari has been mayor for nearly six years. He said Medina has a great team on the Village Board, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and with the community organizations.

Those groups have been able to push Medina forward with its downtown business district, industrial park and other community initiatives. He cited citizens who led efforts for a new dog park, skate park, bluebird trail, an upgraded Pine Street Park with a splash pad, and much improved Boxwood Cemetery.

“It’s working because everyone is working together – the business people, zoning and planning boards and the Village Board,” Sidari said.

The community projects improve the quality of life for local residents, Sidari said, and also play a factor in whether a business chooses to come to Medina. The business owners want to see a community with pride, and strong schools, a vibrant downtown and thriving neighborhoods, Sidari said.

The mayor, 63, is retired as the food service manager at the Orleans Correctional Facility in Albion. He wants to see through more projects, including work at the sewer plant.

He is excited about the new hotel opening in Medina’s Business Park on Maple Ridge Road, as well as other potential developments in the village.

“It has been a good experience and I am enjoying it,” Sidari said about being mayor.

The Village Board works well together without pushing personal projects, he said.

“We have a board that is in it for the village,” he said. “The agenda is the betterment of the village and community.”

He welcomes residents to get involved in the village government, by joining a committee or attending meetings.

“I don’t have a problem with anyone running for a position,” he said. “But I would recommend getting on a board, maybe the Tree Board or Planning Board. Get informed and know the issues. If you think you can do something better, by all means get a petition and run.”