Barksdale, Heckman win school board seats and Kan emerges in City Council Race


Cuyahoga Board of Elections official results

Ethan Dobres, Contributing Writer

Solon voters went to the polls Tuesday to vote for mayor, city council, and school board. In the Solon School Board election between three candidates running for two seats, incumbent John Heckman and Michele Barksdale won. Barksdale, a former school volunteer and parent of four Solon High School alumni, got first place with 3,775 votes. Heckman, who has served on the board for nine years, got 3,355 votes. Self-described independent candidate Caryne Urbank came in third with 1,221 votes. Heckman and Barksdale’s term will begin in 2022 and last four years.

In the city’s only contested council race, attorney Michael Kan defeated incumbent Ward 4 Councilman Mark Kotora. Kan, a political newcomer, received 67.6% of the vote. Ward 2 Councilman Robert Pelunis and Ward 6 Councilman Robert Shimits were both unopposed. Mayor Edward Kraus, who was first elected in 2017, was unopposed in his second run for mayor, receiving 4,148 votes. To see more results from the general election, visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections results page.