July 23, 2016

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Brunswick: Incumbent Carl to face Noe in November race

BRUNSWICK — Councilman Vince Carl will run against challenger Gary Noe in the November election for the city’s Ward 2 Council seat.

The two netted the most votes in Tuesday’s election over Eric Flanigan, a third candidate for the seat.

Vince Carl

Vince Carl

Gary Noe

Gary Noe

Noe led the pack with 185 votes, followed by Carl with 179 and Flanigan with 130, according to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections.

All four ward seats are up for election this year but the Ward 2 race was the only one on the Tuesday ballot because of three seeking the seat.

Carl, 49, who is seeking his third term on Council, said he would have liked to have had the most votes, but is “just happy to be moving on.”

“It means it’s going to be very close in November,” he said.

Noe, 40, said he was “humbled” by the results and that no matter the vote differential, it was important for him to come out ahead on Tuesday.

“I think it’s significant against a two-term incumbent,” Noe said. “Me and my committee, we worked hard. We’re pleased.”

Flanigan, 38, said he was disappointed not to be moving on, but he will continue to serve the city on its zoning board.

“I wouldn’t have ran if I didn’t think I could help the city,” Flanigan said. “That being said, there’s always opportunities out there.”

All three candidates said they thought voter turnout was low, with a total of 494 votes cast, but that was expected because of the rainy weather and the fact the Ward 2 race was the only issue on the ballot in Brunswick.

Moving forward, Carl said he believes road conditions will be the biggest issue in the community leading up to the November election. “It’s going to be a very interesting race and I look forward to it,” he said.

Noe, a member of the city’s Planning Commission, said he plans to continue meeting with residents and working to “get the ward back on track.”

“I’m confident that I’ll prove I’m the best candidate,” Noe said. “I’m not going to be arrogant. I’ve got to work twice as hard for the general election as I did for this election.”

Contact Jennifer Pignolet at (330) 721-4063 or jpignolet@medina-gazette.com.