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Stange, Prentice and Snipes re-elected

SOLON– It wasn’t much of a turnout.
With only 52 voters bothering to go to the polls (a 53rd cast an absentee ballot), Solon re-elected its incumbent mayor and two incumbent city council members in the Nov. 3 election.
Elected to four-year terms were Mayor Steve Stange and councilors Mark Prentice and Dale Snipes. Prentice was actually the top vote-getter with 49, while Stange and Snipes received 44. About ten percent of the voters wrote in a different candidate.
Only 3.41 percent of the city’s 1,554 registered voters exercised their rights in Solon, but it wasn’t the worst percentage in the county.
That honor belonged to Coralville, also with an uncontested race for mayor and city council, where only 3.03 percent of registered voters showed up. Tiffin bumped Solon to third worst with a showing of 3.33 percent. Tiffin’s race was also uncontested.
Overall turnout for the county was just shy of 12 percent, boosted by an incredible 56.7 percent turnout in University Heights (where 454 of the 799 registered voters participated), and a 33.73 rate in Oxford, where a library referendum and a mayoral race with no candidates was featured. The library levy passed with 59 percent approval, while Mary Sue Jiras captured the mayor’s position with 68 write-in votes.
In the only local contested races, a single new face was added to each of the North Liberty and Swisher councils, with two incumbents for each town re-elected. Jim Sayre will be the newcomer in North Liberty, joining Terry Donahue and Chris Hoffman, while Rebekah Neuendorf earned a seat at the table with Mary Gudenkauf and Michael Stagg in Swisher.