When the Cottage Grove City Council meets at the start of 2019, it’s going to look slightly different.
Mayor Jeff Gowing, who ran unopposed will still sit at the center of the dais after earning 95.03 percent of the vote Tuesday night, beating out the 110 write-in candidates. To his right, will be Jake Boone, who also ran unopposed and won his seat with 97.83 percent of the vote as well and just 36 write-in candidates. And while Mike Fleck will remain on the board as well, he faced challenger Ashley Rigel who crept close to Fleck’s 56.14 percent of the vote, earning 1,114 votes—353 fewer than Fleck. The standout race, however, saw four candidates vying for the Ward 3 council seat and ultimately saw incumbent Garland Burback lose to downtown business owner Candace Lamb-Solesbee. With just under 2,500 votes counted Tuesday night, Lamb-Solesbee earned 1,081 of them, or just over 41 percent of the vote. Candidate Jill Hermansen earned 25 percent and Burback, 19.60 percent. Rounding on the race was Raymond Ackerman who drew 12.63 percent of the vote.
No other council position was set for re-election this cycle, making the new makeup of the board: Gowing, Boone, Fleck, Lamb-Solesbee, Bob Ervin, Kenneth Roberts and Greg Ervin who was appointed to the board earlier this year after former councilor Amy Slay stepped down.