Taylor voters face full ballot Tuesday

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR — Changes at city hall are guaranteed after Tuesday’s general election with newcomers certain to take over as treasurer and to fill at least five of the seven city council seats.

There was no shortage of candidates heading into the summer’s primary election; what was believed to be a record number of candidates filed for the positions of mayor, clerk and treasurer along with contenders for council.

Only two of the current seven panelists are seeking re-election to council: three council members are seeking another office; Suzanne Weycker is not seeking re-election; Councilwoman Jacklyn Molner was defeated during the primary in her candidacy for treasurer.

Incumbent Mayor Jeffrey Lamarand — first elected in 2009 after a term on council — is seeking re-election against challenger Rick Sollars, currently serving out his second term on city council.

For the treasurer’s office, current City Council Chairwoman Cheryl Burke, serving out her second term, will go against Edward Bourassa, a lifelong Taylor resident. The treasurer’s office had sat vacant since the resignation of Wayne Avery and had been filled by former school superintendent Lynn Cleary.

Incumbent Clerk Cynthia Bower will look to retain the seat she’d held since being appointed in 2012 against challenger Jill Brandana, serving out her second term on the city council.

Voters will be asked to select seven city council members from among 14 candidates including incumbents John Delo and Dennis Stapleton, who are seeking re-election against challengers Keith Blanchard, Daniel Bzura, Angela Croft, Tim Faremouth, Alex Garza, Charley Johnson, Linda Parker-Craig, Herman Ramik, Linda Roberts, Bob Tompos, Tim Witz and Tim Woolley.

(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)