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Residents elected the newest edition of the City Council today, seating the top seven finishers in the 14-candidate race, paced by top vote-getter Alex Garza.
In the other contended race, Edward Bourassa will return to the Treasurer's post, after besting challenger Jean Smith. Bourassa captured his second term as treasurer by a 3,349-2,024 margin.
All votes are unofficial results, pending certification later this week by Wayne County.
Two spots in the election were unchallenged.
Mayor Rick Sollars (4,429 votes) will remain in the City's top job for another four years.
Clerk Cindy Bower (4,413) was also unchallenged, and will return for his second term.
Garza paced all council candidates with 3,171 votes. For Garza, the youngest person ever elected to a council post in Taylor, this will be his second term and he will command the body was chairman of the City Council. Extremely close behind was Tim Woolley (3,156), who will serve as chairman pro tem, or the second chair of the council. This is also Woolley second term. Charley Johnson was third (2,889), followed by Angela Croft (2,714), Caroline Patts (2,564), Herman "Butch" Ramik (2,434) and Dan Bzura (2,385). For Johnson, Croft and Bzura, this will be their second straight term in office, just like Garza and Woolley. Patts, a professional educator, and Ramik, a retired law enforcement official, were challengers. This will be Patts first time serving in one of the City's elected positions. Ramik was a former councilman who resigned years ago due to health reasons.
Other finishers included Tina Daniels (2,048), Lindsey Rose (2,024), David Mellert (2,002), Justin Mordarski (1,985), John Edwards (1,794), William McDonald (1,198) and Ken Williams (1,045).
The Taylor School District non-homestead renewal was passed in the City of Taylor by a 3,123-2,055 margin, but is still awaiting the results from other surrounding cities that also include portions of the school system.
The final meeting of the outgoing City Council will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday (November 8), after a study session before, beginning at 5:30. The first meeting of the newly elected council will take place on Tuesday, November 21, after a study session on Monday, November 20.
The new council will not be officially seated until Wayne County certifies the election. The City of Taylor will hold an inaugural for all of the newly elected officials at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 14, at the Lakes of Taylor Golf and Banquet Center.