Nov. 6 was election day for many people. Not only could residents vote on their choice for Governor, other elected officials, and amendments, but Melissa residents voted on Place 6 for City Council.
There were two candidates in the running for the vacated seat: Shannon Sweat and Deidrick Solomon. The citizens of Melissa have spoken, and the votes have been counted. As of the closing of the polls, Sweat won by an impressive lead — 68.94 percent.
Over 2300 Melissa residents voted. Sweat garnered 1651 votes, and Solomon got 744. Even though the mail-in votes have not been counted, Sweat’s lead is pretty much cemented.
Sweat’s campaign platform was straightforward. She let the voters know that she never has served on a council before, but her experience made up for it in spades. Her many years in the business world managing company’s million-dollar portfolios will assist her in being on the council, Sweat said.
Sweat said she is privileged to serve Melissa’s constituents. “Thank you! I am incredibly humbled and honored to have won the election to Place 6 of the Melissa City Council today,” Sweat said. “I am deeply grateful to everyone who came out to vote and especially to my support team during the run up to the election.”
She wanted to thank all the people who helped her in on the campaign trail.
“My husband, Sam, my girls, my campaign Manager Kellie Meynard, my extended family, my mentors (they hopefully already know who they are), MaryAnn Little who helped get me started on this journey, my friends, supporters and residents of Melissa,” Sweat said.
“You have all supported me and encouraged me in so many ways,” Sweat continued. “Thank you, this wouldn’t have been possible without all of you.”
Sweat said the election may be over, but the work is not. “Our work doesn’t stop here,” she said. “I look forward to serving all of Melissa on the council and constantly working hard to keep our positive momentum as a city with quality growth and development moving forward in all areas, and making the prudent and necessary decisions on the council for the benefit of all of Melissa.”
Solomon said he is pleased by the activity surrounding the election, as well as the thought-provoking deliberation brought on by it.
“I would like to thank everyone who has supported my campaign,” Solomon said. “Even though we came up short in the vote count, this campaign has driven awareness and discussion more than any other and I think will benefit Melissa in the future.”
“My hope is the council uses some of the feedback when making decisions regarding the future of our city,” Solomon continued. “I have met so many great people and will always be appreciative of the opportunity.”