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Races set for council, school election

Plenty of candidates this time around

SOLON– There was a time when you had to find someone to run for an open seat on the school board or city council.
Not this year.
This year, there are six candidates for two open seats on the Solon Community School District Board of Education and four candidates for two seats on the Solon City Council. All terms are for four years.
In both cases, an incumbent declined to seek re-election.
In the case of the school board, Jim Hauer won’t be running. For city council, Mark Prentice won’t be on the ballot.
But there’s still a crowded field, including an incumbent in each race.
There won’t be a contest for the position of Mayor.
Steve Stange will seek his second full term unopposed.
The Tuesday, Nov. 5, general election combines city and school contests for the first time since a change adopted by the Iowa Legislature in 2017. According to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, city and school elections will be combined in November of odd-numbered years. The filing period for both city council and school board candidates began Aug. 26 and concluded Sept. 19.
For school board members, the change in the law has extended existing terms in office. Through 2017, school board members were elected in September of odd years, but due to the consolidation of elections, terms of board members elected in 2015 were extended by two months.
Eligible voters in the Solon school system will elect two board members.
Joining incumbent Adam Haluska on the ballot will be Lauren O'Neil, Carlos Ortega, Jennifer Stahle, Seth Wear and Jami Wolf.
The two Solon City Council seats occupied by Prentice and Shawn Mercer will have their terms come to an end at the end of the year. Mercer is seeking re-election.
Also seeking a seat at the council table are John D. Farlinger, Daniel P. O'Neil and Kevin Samek.
In addition to the municipal contests, a ballot issue will be decided by residents of Solon. The City of Solon will be asking voters to consider a seven percent hotel/motel tax which would go into effect July 1, 2020. The question requires 50 percent approval to pass.
At least fifty percent of the revenues derived from the local hotel and motel tax would be used for the promotion and encouragement of tourism, with the remaining revenues going to general purposes.
In Shueyville and Swisher, voters will look at a slate of incumbents.
Jack B. (Bart) Frisk, Brent Foss and Chris Lacy are on the ballot to retain their seats on the Shueyville City Council for four-year terms.
Mayor Christopher Taylor is running unopposed in Swisher, while Mary Gudenkauf, Rebekah Neuendorf and Michael Stagg are running for re-election to their city council seats.

Dates and Deadlines
Oct. 14: County does not observe federal Columbus Day holiday; auditor’s office will be open.
Oct. 25: Pre-registration deadline and mailed absentee ballot request deadline for Nov. 5 election, 5 p.m. Voters may still register after this date using the election day registration procedure. In-person early voting is still available after this date.
Nov. 4: Last day for in-person early voting at auditor’s office, 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Postmark deadline for mailed absentee ballots.
Nov. 5: Election Day. Polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. There are no longer separate school precincts, and nearly all voters will vote at their regular general election polling places. Exceptions:
Cedar Township will vote with Big Grove at the Solon Public Library rather than the Fire Station.

Solon Community School District
Vote for 2 board members
Adam Haluska
1103 Wood Lily Rd
Solon 52333
712-790-7127
adam.haluska@gmail.com

Lauren O'Neil
619 Majestic Oak Rdg
Solon 52333
319-321-4649
oneilforschoolboard@gmail.com

Carlos Ortega
1658 Apache Dr NE
Solon 52333
319-331-8926
amparan@gmail.com

Jennifer Stahle
1513 Highway 1 NE
Solon 52333
319-541-9934
jennifer.s.stahle@gmail.com

Seth Wear
3950 Jocelyn St NE
Solon 52333
319-431-1863
sethwear@gmail.com

Jami Wolf
5098 Morse Rd
Solon 52333
319-481-7088
jamicolorcoach@gmail.com

Solon City Council
All terms four years.

Mayor

Steve Stange
400 Green Acres Dr
Solon 52333
319-321-4777
stange128@gmail.com

City Council (2 seats)

John D. Farlinger
608 Majestic Oak Rdg
Solon 52333
319-333-8038
jfarlinger@gmail.com

Shawn Mercer
501 Whispering Willow Ln.
Solon 52333
319-241-1826
sme349@me.com

Daniel P. O'Neil
619 Majestic Oak Rdg
Solon 52333
319-430-5509
doneil44@msn.com

Kevin Samek
223 E 5th St PO Box 325
Solon 52333
319-430-1069
ksamek1@southslope.net