No city election neccessary
Only the incumbents filed by the deadline to get on the ballot for the November election for the City of Taft, so it looks like the city can save a few thousand dollars by not holding an election this fall.
Two city councilmen, Dave Noerr and Orchel Krier, both filed for reelection but no opponents did.
The same for City Clerk Yvette Mayfield and Treasurer Ben Mangum.
It is quite a contrast from 2018 election when nine candidates competed for three seats being contested.
Mayfield said the City Council will hold a special meeting to discuss the options. They can either put the election in the November ballot, which will cost the city an estimated $5,000 to $6,000, or not hold an election and save the money.
The special council meeting will be held online Wednesday at 3 p.m. on the city YouTube channel.
Either way, Noerr, Krier, Mayfield and Mangum will all get another four-year term in office.
Mangum has been city treasurer since 2012 and this will be his third term.
This will be Noerr's fifth term. He was first elected in 2004.
Krier was appointed to the council in Feb. 2011 and was elected in 2012.
This will be his third full term.