Kan, Kotora advance in Solon Ward 4 council race in primary election

SOLON, Ohio — It appears that Ward 4 Councilman Marc R. Kotora, a lifelong resident of Solon, will face a serious challenge from a relative newcomer to the city in the Nov. 2 election.

Michael Kan, a three-year city resident, was the top vote-getter by a wide margin in the Ward 4 run-off election Tuesday (Sept. 14).

According to final, unofficial figures from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Kan received 597 votes (62.7 percent), while Kotora finished a distant second with 330 votes (34.7 percent).

The third candidate, 19-year-old Antonino Machi, was eliminated from the race, collecting just 25 votes (2.6 percent).

“I think voters are ready for new leadership and new ideas and that they want fresh blood on council,” Kan said.

“My vision for Solon is for the future. I want to advance Solon as a city, not take us back to a past time. I believe Ward 4 residents want a councilman who is proactive and not just reactive.”

Kan said he has worked hard to be visible and to make connections with voters while campaigning for the seat.

“I wanted them to know me and what I stand for, and the results tonight reflect what the voters have been telling me on the ground for the last six months,” he said.

“I want to thank the voters for believing in me and my message. Ultimately, the voters are never wrong, and I’m humbled to have their support.”

Kan said his priorities for the city are downtown development, infrastructure improvements, upgraded technology and fiscal responsibility.

Solon Ward 4 Councilman Marc R. Kotora will seek re-election on Nov. 2 after advancing through the primary election Tuesday (Sept. 14). (Photo Courtesy of Marc R. Kotora)

Kotora, who is seeking his third four-year term on council, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

In a previous interview, Kotora said that if re-elected, his first priority will be to serve his constituents with the same dedication and enthusiasm that he has for the last eight years.

“I will be ready on day one,” he said. “I think with the challenges that the lingering COVID virus are bringing, it’s something that I’m uniquely qualified to help lead us forward through.”

Kotora, 47, is a 1992 Solon High School graduate and the co-owner of Gallucci’s Italian Foods in Cleveland. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from John Carroll University in University Heights.

Kan, a 40-year-old attorney who grew up in Long Island, N.Y., works as a public defender for Cuyahoga County. He is a graduate of Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in New York and has a bachelor’s degree in history from The Ohio State University in Columbus.

Machi, a 2020 Solon High School graduate, is a sophomore at Kent State University.

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