SALEM – Salem’s newest board member, City Councilor Sara Baronzzi, has spent her entire life monitoring her family members in the public service – now it’s her turn to carry on the tradition.
The native of Lisbon comes from a solid stock of community services. Her grandfather, Joseph Baronzzi, was a Columbiana County District Attorney. Her sworn father is County Estates / Juvenile Court Judge Thomas Baronzzi.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, when she attends her first Salem City Council meeting, she will be seated across from her aunt, City Councilor Cyndi Baronzzi Dickey.
Sara agreed last summer to replace former city councilor Sal Salvino on the ballot for an At Large seat, with the Salem Republican Party constituency committee making the nomination since he had applied for a Republican. He had previously resigned to take a full-time position as the city’s housing manager / inspector and since he originally ran as a freelance, city council appointed Bob Merry to the remainder of his current term, which expired on Friday.
Sara ran for one of At Large’s three seats, along with incumbent Republican advisers Andrew Null and Jake Gano. Null was running for re-election and Gano had been nominated and was running for his first full term. All three were elected as no one else submitted a file, their new term starting today.
“I’m very excited,” Sara said, noting that when her father had her sworn in in his probation court courtroom, it all came true.
She said it was a special day, especially since her great-grandfather, the late Enrico Baronzzi, an Italian immigrant, became a U.S. citizen in that same courtroom. Besides his father, other family members in attendance included his mother, Missy, brother Nick, 9-year-old son Alex and aunt Cyndi.
“I feel honored to be able to bear the name of Baronzzi and to make a difference in the community”, she said.
She remembered when she was growing up how her father always said “if you’re not trying to improve something, you’re just on the way.” It stuck with her.
She said she had a lot to learn during her freshman year on city council, but added âI have a lot of good colleagues on the board, a lot of people I can learn from. “
She spoke with Dickey, her aunt, and went to town hall several times. Her father also gave her some advice.
“He told me to always be fair and listen to both sides of everything and always do what is best for the city” she said.
She wants to familiarize herself with the city’s operations and the budget and hopes people will feel comfortable contacting her and expressing what they want to see.
She said she loved living in Salem and looked forward to serving her fellow citizens.
Sara grew up in Lisbon and graduated from David Anderson High School in Lisbon. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Kent State University and works as an Education Sales Manager for Frontline Education, an education software company. Part of her job is to help principals in West Pennsylvania and West Virginia find and keep quality teachers.
She won’t be the only new face in the boardroom, although new treasurer Tod Mumpire has already served a month. He was appointed to occupy the seat of former Treasurer K. Bret Apple for the last month and was elected for his own four-year term in November, which began today.
Mumpire is more of a returnee than a new face as he was previously chairman of the board. He also previously served on the city’s utilities board and worked for many years for the Columbiana County Clerk’s Office.