Ohio, N.Y. - Kyle Delano graduated from Poland High School in 2019 and here in 2020, he has been elected by voters as a Town of Ohio Council Member.
According to Herkimer County Board of Elections Republican Commissioner Kim Tranter on Saturday, Delano received the most write-in votes for the council seat that had become vacant after longtime board member Ed Luther passed away at the age of 91 in recent months.
Tranter says Delano received a clear majority of the 190 write-in votes. She says there were actually a number of names that voters wrote in.
Delano says he was ecstatic when he was called by Tranter on Friday and given the news that he had won the seat, "I was very excited to learn, it was a long wait. It was actually over two weeks."
Delano says he had heard about the open seat about three weeks before the election and that no one had officially filed to run for the seat, so he actively campaigned going door to door for three weeks to get the word out that he was interested in representing the people in his home town, "I learned about it and I thought that if no one else in the community was going to do it, I lived here my whole life, so it's definitely something I was interested in doing. I gave people tiny slips of paper with my name on them for people to bring those to the polls and know where to write my name in and how to spell it."
People may learn his name very quickly, as the 19-year-old is very well spoken. He attends SUNY POLY, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Criminal Justice. His goal is to attend law school.
As far as even higher political aspirations, Delano says right now he doesn't have any, he just wants to serve his constituents the best he can, "I had served my final year of high school on the Poland Central Board of Education as a student representative so it was a half-in/half-out kind of government approach, so I like government and it was definitely something that living here my whole life, knowing this community, I really enjoyed talking to everyone."
Delano will be sworn in in January.