Voters fill four vacant city council seats at August primary

FLUSHING — Four vacant seats have been filled on the Flushing City Council, following the results of the Aug. 4 primary.

In District 2, technical sales manager Dane Miller edged out elder law attorney Seth Neblock, 34 percent to 32 percent. At press time, Miller received 916 votes to Neblock’s 877 votes.

Miller will serve a partial term ending on Nov. 8, 2021.

In District 3, Flushing firefighter Danielle Smith claimed victory over former Flushing City Manager Brad Barrett, receiving 61 percent of the vote to Barrett’s 39 percent. Altogether, Smith received 1,248 votes to Barrett’s 801 votes.

Smith will begin a partial term ending on ending on Nov. 13, 2023.

In District 4, local business owner Eric Johnson defeated heating and cooling technician Patrick Jones, 57 percent to 43 percent. Johnson received 1,021 votes to Jones’ 765 votes.

Johnson will serve a partial term on the city council ending on Nov. 8, 2021.

Dan Fralick, a public relations director for the Flushing Valley Golf & Country Club, ran unopposed for an at-large seat on the city council. Fralick will serve a partial term ending on Nov. 8, 2021.

With four vacant positions now filled, Flushing City Council will be able to have a full quorum of seven members for the first time since mid-March. Former council members Dick Bade, Lynne Black, Karianne Martus and Patrick Scanlon resigned from the council earlier this year, leaving Mayor Joseph Karlichek, Mayor Pro Tem Edward Sullivan and Councilwoman Brooke Good as the only remaining members.

Flushing City Planning Commission Chairman John Olson was then appointed by the Genesee County Election Commission as an interim Flushing City Council member. This allowed the council to have a quorum of four members until the Aug. 4 primary. — B.G.

Results listed here were not finalized at press time. Updated results from the Tuesday, Aug. 4 Primary Election will be posted online at As results are posted, an e-newsletter will also be sent to e-newsletter subscribers. An e-newsletter subscription is free. Sign up at flushingview.