Jeremy Zelwin was elected as Solon Ward 3 councilman Nov. 7, defeating incumbent interim councilman John Scott and challenger Hoang Tran.
Zelwin received 488 votes, or 49.6 percent, besting Scott’s 433 votes, or 44 percent. Tran received 63 votes, or 6.4 percent, according to final, unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
“I’m very humbled to be elected by Ward 3 in Solon,” Zelwin said. “I’m excited to represent young families throughout Solon and represent change throughout the city.”
Zelwin said he wasn’t surprised by the election night win.
“I put a lot of hard work into it, knocked on a lot of doors and talked to a lot of residents,” he said. “I knew the city wanted something different, some change. They wanted us to move forward as a city.”
Scott was appointed to council Aug. 29 to fill out the term formerly held by Jeff Pedicino, who stepped down July 18. Zelwin and Tran both applied to finish out Pedicino’s term. Scott was a member of city council from 1995 to 2010.
In other Solon City Council races, incumbent Ward 2 Councilman Robert N. Pelunis was re-elected, defeating Michael Tuscan 492-200. Pelunis took 71.1 percent of the vote to Tuscan’s 28.9 percent.
“I was very honored and grateful for the residents of Ward 2 to re-elect me to my fifth term on council and I look forward to serving another four years for the betterment of the Solon community,” Pelunis said.
Incumbent Ward 4 Councilman Marc R. Kotora ran unopposed and earned 874 votes. In Ward 6, Robert P. Shimits ran unopposed to fill the seat vacated by Edward Kraus, who was elected as mayor of Solon. Shimits received 732 votes.