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Aquino, Howell, Kozlowski top Council race

By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
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Election night, Nov. 6, was bustling with candidate parties around town, taking over local businesses to a small gathering to watch the results come in at home.

Excitement was in the air as everyone was itching to find out the first round of results.

As of press time, the last updated results for the Folsom City Council race came in at 1:50 a.m. Nov. 7.

Sarah Aquino topped the result charts receiving 15.44 percent; incumbent Kerri Howell received 13 percent; and Mike Kozlowski received 12.39 percent of votes.

“I’m cautiously optimistic, and I’m proud that we ran a campaign based on the issues, my qualifications and experience,” Aquino said.

Aquino is 15-year resident. She has served on the Folsom Cordova Unified School District Board for 4 years and currently works as an insurance broker with her family-owned company Integrated Benefits and Insurance Services, Inc.

“I'm running for City Council to provide strong, steady leadership and practical solutions to address our city's challenges. If elected, I pledge to do four things: be accessible, listen, do my homework, and make common sense decisions. We won't agree on everything, but you'll always know where I stand,” Aquino said during an interview with the Telegraph in September.

Howell said she is very happy with the results so far.

“We worked really hard. I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of the residents of the City of Folsom and keep Folsom the fabulous place it is,” Howell said.

Howell is a 34-year resident. She currently is an engineer and small business owner of Atlantic Consultants, Inc. and has served on the Folsom City Council for 20 years.

“Folsom’s the best place to live and work in California. Our neighborhoods, public safety and businesses remain the best in the region. Serving on Council, regional boards, experience in engineering and business provides me background to continue finding solutions to problems. I’ll continue to work for Folsom. Experience matters,” Howell said during a recent interview with the Telegraph.

Kozlowski said he is cautiously optimistic about the results so far.

“I’m really happy with my personal campaign,” he said. “I tried to do everything I could to get the word out on my thoughts and views. I think that communication was effective and it shows in the results.”

Kozlowski is a 13-year resident. He currently is an account executive for Johnson Controls, is the head track and field coach at Vista del Lago High School and currently serves as a Folsom Utility Commissioner.

“I'm running to ensure the council carefully listens and is transparent in its actions, to see that police and fire services keep pace with city growth, to reduce traffic congestion, to make the Dan Russell Arena a better venue for the rodeo, and to complete our park and trail systems,” he said recently during an interview with the Telegraph.

Coming in close behind was Rob Ross receiving 9.93 percent of votes, followed by Barbara Leary with 8.47 percent. Aaron Ralls received 8.41 percent with YK Chalamcherla close behind with 8.38 percent. Jennifer Lane received 8.11 percent of the vote, followed by Mark Moore, who received 7.55 percent. Chad Vander Veen received 4.75 percent of votes, with Scott Bailey receiving 3.20 percent and Ken Brown receiving 0.37 percent.

Keep in mind these results are not final. The Telegraph will report various updates when available until the final results are in.

For the most up-to-date election results, go to folsomtelegraph.com or eresults.saccounty.net.