Mary Springowski began serving as the Council at-Large representative on January 1, 2016 where she was gratified to receive the top votes in both the Democratic Primary and the General Election. Mary currently serves as the President Pro Tempore and Chairman of the Building and Lands Committee. She also serves as a member of the Finance and Claims Committee and the Police and Fire Committee.
She was born in Cleveland to Jerry and Evelyn Donovan who had recently emigrated from Canada (her mother is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland and her father is a native of Belfast, Northern Ireland). She is the eldest of 6 children. Mary graduated in 1984 from Firelands High school. In 1984, she was an Irish Princess in the Lorain International Festival and 1st runner up in the first Lorain County Rose of Tralee.
She has attended Ohio State University, Cleveland State University and Lorain County Community College. She received her certification in paralegal studies from LCCC. Prior to being employed at Ford Motor Company, she was employed by the Lorain County Clerk of Courts as a Deputy Clerk in Juvenile before moving over to Child Support. She also worked for Gilbane Building Company during their construction of Concourse C at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. She was project site secretary working on project bid submission and approval as well as dealing with the Federal government regulations and restrictions governing airport construction. She went to work in 1991 at the Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, Ohio and worked there for 23 years before transferring to the Cleveland Engine Plant in Brookpark, Ohio and has been a team leader for 9 years.
She was also an Employee Resource Coordinator at OHAP and was elected as a UAW Constitutional Convention Delegate and alternate committee representative. She also participated in local negotiations in the former Unit 2 at OHAP. She is an active member of UAW Local 1250, a former member of UAW Local 2000. She is an active member of the Lorain County UAW CAP. At Local 1250 she is on the CAP committee and the local Civil Rights Committee where she serves as their recording secretary. Mary is also the current board chairperson of the Lorain Medina County Community Based Corrections Facility (CBCF) and is the recording secretary of the Lorain Women’s Democratic Club and a member in good standing of the Lorain City Democratic Party Executive Committee as well as the Lorain Democratic Party Sustaining Club. She is a member of the Amherst Eagles, Mexican Mutual Society, American Croatian Club and Knights of Columbus. She and her family attend Nativity BVM church in Lorain.
Mary is married to Thomas Springowski and is the exceptionally proud mother of 4; Kathleen (married to Brendan), Mary-Christina (married to Shane), Meaghan and Paul. She is mom to her beloved cat, Smokey and grammy to her grand-dogs, Jack and Capri.
Mary is passionate about the city of Lorain and the rebirth of our home and city. She is available to all of the residents of Lorain and truly enjoys speaking to them and hearing what they have to say. Mary believes in transparency of government and in representing the people, not the party. She also believes that the people need to have a voice in the government of the city and was assigned to the following committees: Building and Lands, Federal Programs and Police/Fire and Legislation. She is also a proud graduate of the first class of the Lorain Police Department’s Citizens’ Academy.