MILLVILLE, N.J. (WPVI) – One of New Jersey’s newest politicians has been in office for less than a month. Her victory sealed her place in history.
At Millville City Hall, Lisa Orndorf is already hard at work in her position as the city’s first female mayor.
“It wasn’t something like, ‘Oh, stop it, I’m going to be the mayor of Millville.’ But I did it. And if it can do it, anyone else can do it,” she said.
Growing up in the city of 30,000, she never thought about politics until she realized that some things were wrong.
“I found through various panels that things weren’t being done or looked at properly,” she said.
So she turned to a popular source of information.
“I said, ‘Hey Siri, how do you become a city commissioner?'”
Her campaign got her the most votes, making you more than a commissioner in Millville, it made Orndorf the mayor.
At just 35, she’s not only a young mayor, she’s also making history as the city’s first female mayor in 155 years.
“She’s a go-getter and she’ll get the job done. And in the town of Millville, it’s long overdue,” said her assistant, William Davis.
As if running a town wasn’t enough, she also has a full-time job in customer service for a remodeling company.
“I handle every call that comes in to business from across the country,” she said.
But that’s not even her real job.
“My real job is being a mom,” she said.
A single mom to 11-year-old Brennan and 13-year-old Bridget, who are still stingy with cool points even for their mayor mom. But they’re proud of everything their mother did to keep the family together through rather difficult times.
“Bridget was born with a congenital heart defect,” she said.
Orndorf accompanied her daughter through three open-heart surgeries. Bridget was there when her mum was sworn to add something 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 state-certified beautician.
“I joke and say I’m a jack of all trades,” she said.
And now a mayor for all people.
“Will really help our economic development,” she said.
Setting goals and setting the tone so other women like her can pursue their dreams.
“If you want to do something, don’t let anyone hold you back. You’re the only one holding 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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