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A 16-candidate field for City Council was trimmed by two during the Tuesday, August 8, 2017, primary election in the City of Taylor. Only 3,724 voters participated, a turnout of just over 8 percent. Over 5 percent of the total was cast absentee, which meant only 3 percent of the registered voters turned out at the polls.
Christopher Verdun (706) and Dalton Lee (337) finished 15th and 16th, and were eliminated from the November ballot.
The top 14 finishers will move on to the general election.
The top vote-getter was incumbent City Council Pro Tem Alex Garza, who finished with 2,068 votes. During the 2013 election, Garza became the youngest candidate ever selected to the body. Incumbent Councilmen Tim Woolley (1,989) and Charley Johnson (1,982) finished in second and third place, respectively. City Council Chairperson Angela Croft was fourth (1,744), followed by Caroline Patts (fifth, 1,642), incumbent Councilman Dan Bzura (sixth, 1,598) and Herman Ramik (seventh, 1,3.44).
Also qualifying for the November election were David Mellert (1,140); Tina Daniels (1,091); Lindsey Rose (1,090); John Edwards (983); Justin Mordarski (975); William McDonald (777); and Ken Williams (706).
The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The top seven voter-getters will make up the new City Council. In November, incumbent Edward Bourassa will face challenger Jean Smith for Treasurer. Clerk Cindy Bower and Mayor Rick Sollars are each unopposed in 2017.