An IBEW Local 38 member was elected to serve on Wickliffe City Council.
According to unofficial results from the Lake County Board of Elections, Jason Biondolillo earned 509 votes to defeat Mark Iafelice, who received 314 votes. By winning 62 percent of the electorate, Biondolillo will succeed Edward Matyja, who served on city council for five decades and is retiring after the completion of this term on Dec. 31.
“It feels truly humbling to have been elected,” said Biondolillo, a second-generation Local 38 member. “I went out to the residents, listened to their needs and offered a platform of service and stewardship that would carry all of our futures in a forward direction.”
After putting in a full day’s work for Zenith Systems as in Inside Wireman working on the fire alarm systems on the Cleveland Clinic/Case Western Reserve University Health Education Campus project, he then campaigned door-to-door. Biondolillo walked the ward twice between August and November, speaking with many of the roughly 2,100 eligible voters and showed them that he has the same passion and enthusiasm for the city that his Local 38 Brothers and Sisters see at union meetings.
“Jason, like his father Jack, is an active member of Local 38,” said Dennis Meaney, IBEW Local 38 Business Manager. “He regularly attends union meetings and functions and brings a high level of enthusiasm with him.”
Meaney said it is important for his members to run for public office.
“Critical labor decisions and policies are decided by city councils and it’s great to have a labor voice at the table,” said Meaney. “We are all proud of him here at local 38 for running for this seat and doing all the hard work it takes to win it.”
Biondolillo said he had an amazing outpouring of support from Meaney and his fellow journeymen and apprentices.
“It was the Brotherhood that constantly offered help and, more importantly, support during high stress periods of balancing work and grass roots campaigning,” Biondolillo said. “Their support was just as important as the support I received at home and out in the community.”