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ONeil, Farlinger added to council Haluska and Wolf join school board

SOLON– Only one of the two incumbents made it through.
But the votes were spread out amongst all the candidates.
According to unofficial results from the combined Nov. 5 city and school election, only city council candidate Dan O’Neil received a majority (68 percent) in a four-way race for two seats with 344 votes. The race for the second seat was much tighter, with John Farlinger (238 votes) edging our incumbent Shawn Mercer (217) and former council member Kevin Samek (213).
“I'm very appreciative of the support I received leading up to and during the election,” O’Neil said. “I'm honored and looking forward to serving the community throughout my upcoming term.”
He encouraged residents to contact him with questions or concerns.
“I am excited and humbled to have been voted onto the Solon City Council– thank you to everyone that supported me during the campaign,” Farlinger noted. “I look forward to representing the community and continuing the efforts of the current/past leadership to keep Solon thriving.”
Adam Haluska was re-elected to the Solon Community School District’s Board of Education, joined by newcomer Jami Wolf, winners in the tightly contested race for two seats between six candidates.
“I’m extremely thankful and humble for the opportunity to serve this great community and district another four years,” Haluska stated. “I appreciate all the support throughout the election. I’m looking forward to working with the existing board, as well as our newest member Jami Wolf.”
Only four votes separated the top two (446-444), while Seth Wear was third with 404. Jennifer Stahle (383), Lauren O’Neil (379) and Carlos Ortega (288) were not far behind.
“When I moved to Solon over nine years ago, I knew this town was special,” Wolf commented. “The care and involvement of this community is unparalleled. That was very evident in this election with the number of quality candidates we had for two seats on the school board. We have the most caring and child-focused teachers and staff I have ever met, wonderful sports programs with great coaches, music and art programs that consistently take top honors, leading test scores and facilities that are second to none. We are a fortunate town.”
Wolf added she had more gratitude than she could express after receiving messages from first-time voters.
“Believing in the system and putting it into action makes me so very proud,” she said. “Thank you to everyone and I look forward to serving.”
Turnout for the city ballot was much stronger than the last two regular elections.
According to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, 601 out of 1,754 eligible voters (34.26 percent) took to the polls in the single city precinct. In a 2017 special election, turnout was 14.61 percent, while the regular 2017 election, also contested, drew 12.4 percent of voters. An uncontested race in 2015 brought out only 3.41 percent.
Mayor Steve Stange ran unopposed for a second full term and was approved by voters with 502 votes.
According to unofficial turnout for the Johnson County portion of the school district vote, 1,224 out of 5,046 registered voters cast ballots (24.26 percent). Excluded from that figure were any mailed ballots received after the election but with a postmark of Nov. 4 or earlier.