The Hernando Board of Aldermen, during their regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5, appointed Natalie Lynch to the position of Ward 1 Alderwoman. Lynch, who has been a member of the Hernando Planning Commission, resigned that position to accept the seat on the board.
Lynch is part owner of the Print House in Hernando and a bookkeeper. She was appointed after filing for what was to be a special election later this month, but was the only person to file.
Because she was the only candidate to file, the election was canceled and Lynch was appointed.
Lynch will represent what will be the “old” Ward 1 that Bryant served until his passing in late November.
However, if Lynch wants to continue on the board past this summer, she will have to re-file and run for the seat of what will be a “new” Ward 1 under the redistricting of the city that was approved late last year.
Lynch will be sworn into office this week and her first regularly scheduled meeting as an alderwoman will be on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
“I’ve lived in Hernando for a while and I’ve been fairly active in some community groups making improvements around town,” Lynch said. “I wanted to continue that and help the city.”
Lynch is married to husband Josh Lynch, who is involved in medical sales, and they have two sons, one who is at Hernando Middle School and the other at Hernando High School.
‘I want to start out and learn how things work and get educated on the different city departments, find out what people need, what the citizens need, and go from there,” Lynch said.
Lynch becomes the second woman on the city’s governing body, joining Ward 5 Alderwoman Cathy Brooks.