Introducing Lisa Orndorf, Millville, New Jersey’s First Female Mayor
Inside Millville City Hall, Lisa Orndorf is already hard at work on her job as the city’s first female mayor.
“It wasn’t something that I was like, ‘Oh, tick, I’m going to be the mayor of Millville.’ But I did it. And if he can do it, anybody else can do it,” she said.
Growing up in the town of 30,000, she never thought about politics until she noticed some things were just wrong.
“I found out through different councils that things weren’t being done or reviewed properly,” she said.
So she turned to a popular source of information.
“I said ‘Hey Siri, how do you become a city commissioner?'”
His campaign got him the most votes, which in Millville makes you more than a commissioner, it made Orndorf the mayor.
At just 35, she’s not just a young mayor, she’s also a historic mayor as the city’s first female mayor in 155 years.
“She’s a go-getter and she’s going to get this job done. And it’s long overdue in the town of Millville,” said her assistant William Davis.
As if running a town wasn’t enough, she also works full-time in customer service for a home improvement company.
“I handle all the phone calls that come into the business from across the country,” she said.
But that’s not even his real job.
“My real job is to be a mom,” she said.
A single mother to Brennan, 11, and Bridget, 13, who are always stingy with cool points even for their mother mayor. But they are proud of everything their mother has done to keep the family together through some pretty tough times.
“Bridget was born with a congenital heart defect,” she said.
Orndorf saw her daughter undergo three open-heart surgeries. Bridget was there as her mother swore to add to an already full plate.
“Bridget is a little actress,” she said. “Brennan plays football.”
Yes, the mayor is also a soccer mom and a licensed cosmetologist.
“I joke and say I’m a Jackie of all trades,” she said.
And, now, a mayor for all.
“Really help our economic development,” she said.
Setting goals and setting the tone for other women like her to pursue their dreams.
“If there’s something you want to do, don’t let anyone hold you back. You’re the only one holding you back,” she said.
Another goal of Mayor Orndorf is to bring Millville into the 21st century with a new website and social media.
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