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Mercer, Morris elected

Solon narrowly leans to Clinton in presidential race

SOLON– Lynn Morris will fill out the remaining year of her appointed term as a member of the Solon City Council, and Shawn Mercer will be a newcomer.
Morris and Mercer received 896 and 802 votes respectively in the Nov. 8 general election, according to results posted by the Johnson County Auditor’s Office.
Mercer, while alone on the ballot for a three-year term, was opposed with a write-in campaign conducted by former council member Dale Snipes. It was actually Snipes’ term on the ballot, Snipes resigned from the council in July and had been replaced on an interim basis by Ron Herdliska.
According to the auditor’s office, there were 68 write-in votes for the three-year term, and 31 for the one-year term. Snipes received 47 votes for the three-year term and 20 votes for the one-year term.
Almost 85 percent of Solon’s registered voters participated in the general election, either at the polls or in early voting.
The number of registered voters in Solon swelled over the last four years, from 1,184 in the 2012 general election to 1,654 in 2016, an increase of 40 percent. There was only a 17 percent increase between 2008 (1,011 registered voters) and 2012.
Solon voters narrowly preferred Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. Clinton received 687 votes (49 percent) in the City of Solon precinct, while Republican Donald Trump collected 609 (44 percent), a margin of only 78 votes.
In contrast, incumbent President Barack Obama garnered 61 percent of the Solon vote in his 2012 re-election bid, compared to 38 percent for Republican Mitt Romney. In 2008, Obama collected 62 percent of the vote while Sen. John McCain took 36 percent.
And that trend continued in the rural areas around Solon.
Big Grove, Cedar, Jefferson-East and Jefferson-Monroe precincts all swung to Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Only Jefferson-East went to Romney in the 2012 campaign. Cedar turned the hardest, supporting Trump by a 53 to 40 percent margin. In 2012, 56 percent of the Cedar Precinct vote went to Obama, with 43 percent to Romney.
Both Graham and Newport precincts stayed decidedly with the Democratic candidate, supporting Clinton by a 20 percent margin.