Two new Councilmen will be seated at Dec. 4 meeting
A Kern County Sheriff's Sergeant and a retired Chief of Police were elected to the Taft City Council Tuesday as one incumbent held his seat and another incumbent failed in her reelection bid.
Incumbent Josh Bryant was the leading vote getter in the crowded nine-candidate field competing for three seats.
Jeff Eveland and Ed Whiting placed second and third, according to the Kern County Elections Offices.
Bryant the top finisher by a wide margin.
He received 789 votes (21.90 percent) with Eveland, a supervising sergeant in second with 548 votes (15.21 percent).
Whiting, who retired as Taft Chief of Police earlier this year, edged out Ron Waldrop for the third seat with 452 votes (12.55 percent).
Waldrop, who was holding on to third for a time in early returns, placed fourth with 407 votes (11.3 percent).
Michael Long was fifth with 376 votes (10.44 percent), Andrew Wagner was sixth with 375 votes (10.41 percent) incumbent Renee Hill, who was seeking her second term, was seventh with 333 votes (9.24 percent), Sandra Downey was eighth with 171 votes (4.75 percent) and Don Braun with ninth with 152 votes (4.22 percent).
The vote is unofficial until the vote is certified.
Bryant, Eveland and Whiting are tentatively scheduled sworn into office at the City Council's Dec. 4 meeting and will join Dave Noerr and Orchel Krier on the Council.