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TAYLOR, Texas – At a special called City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 14, the Taylor City Council canvassed the votes from the May 4 election. Gerald Anderson was sworn in as a new councilperson for District 1, and Robert Garcia, the incumbent candidate from District 4, were sworn into office, with Judge Randall Pick administering the oath of office. The Council also nominated and voted on candidates for Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem.Mr. Anderson takes the place of outgoing Mayor Pro Tem Christine Lopez. Mr. Garcia, who has represented District 4 since 2016, ran unopposed and the election was canceled for his seat.Also at the meeting, Councilmembers elected the mayor and mayor pro tem for the coming year. Councilman Dwayne Ariola nominated Mayor Brandt Rydell, who has served as Mayor of the City of Taylor since 2015, to continue to preside at Council meetings and serve as the head of the City government for ceremonial purposes, and Council voted unanimously to confirm his nomination. Mayor Rydell nominated Dwayne Ariola to serve as mayor pro tem, and Council voted unanimously to confirm.Council will meet for its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, May 24, at 6 p.m. Residents are urged to sign up for City of Taylor alerts at www.taylortx.gov.
(Photo by Andy Sharp)