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Medina councilwoman Laura Parnell-Cavey abruptly resigns

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    Laura Parnell-Cavey



MEDINA — Laura Parnell-Cavey’s tenure as Ward 1 councilwoman will last less than a year.

She announced her resignation after the Medina City Council budget meeting Wednesday night at City Hall.

Parnell-Cavey, who defeated incumbent Brian Hilberg and challenger Kevin Consiglio in the November general election, is moving to Montville Township Nov. 1. Members of City Council must live in the ward they represent.

She was sworn in in January.

“This was not my intention,” she said. “I truly enjoyed the experience.”

Parnell-Cavey, 42, said she’s has found two good candidates who will apply for the soon-to-be-vacant spot: Jess Hazeltine, administrative assistant at the Recovery Center of Medina County, and Suzanne Sharp, who works at Cleveland State University.

Parnell-Cavey and her husband, Ben, thought they had found a house in Ward 1, but someone beat them to it. She has lived in Medina 17 years and has two adult daughters. Her husband has three children. She is a native of Michigan.

“I swore I would never run for office,” she said. “I swore I’d never move out of my house (on Homestead Street). Like my mom said, ‘Never say never.’

“It’s sad leaving the city of Medina.”

Parnell-Cavey has immersed herself in the community since joining council.

She owns Cool Beans Café on Public Square.

Parnell-Cavey apologized to the council for resigning. Her last council meeting will be Oct. 22.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or by email at

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