The results of Tuesday’s primary have left the final Gilbert Town Council seat undecided, with incumbent John Sentz and challenger Jared Taylor set for a run-off in the November election.
But council member Jenn Daniels, whose term was also up, earned 12,589 votes on Tuesday, enough to keep her place on the council.
Newcomer Taylor led the race for the second seat with 9,242 votes and Sentz, who was first elected to serve on the council in 2009, garnered 8,265.
However, neither one of them received the number of votes required to win a seat outright. Instead, the two will advance to the November general election.
“It went great,” Taylor said. “I’m really happy about the results and I appreciate everyone who took the time to come out and vote.”
Taylor also expressed his gratitude for all of those who supported and campaigned on his behalf.
Sentz said he plans to run on his record.
“I’m going to work really hard to keep Gilbert a great place to work and play,” he said. “I’m not ashamed of my record.”
He points to the hiring of the new town manager, a decision they made as a council, Sentz said. He said he also has supported local businesses and worked to make the town more accountable.
“It’s one thing to set goals, but we’ve worked to make sure to meet those goals,” he said.
Looking forward, Sentz hopes to work on attracting jobs to Gilbert while also focusing on education.
“Those two things go hand-in-hand,” he said. “There are beginning to be education gaps. There are job openings in high paying jobs, but no one with the credentials to fill them.”
“I’m looking forward to a healthy debate with John Sentz,” Taylor said.
He plans to renew his efforts to keep taxes low, but the quality of town services high.
“People want small government, new ideas in government and a conservative orientation and I have all of those things,” Taylor said. “I think we’ll have great success in November.”
Council seats are awarded outright when a candidate receives 50 percent plus one vote of more than half of the number of ballots cast in the mayoral race. In this race, that means about 9,764 votes (official results had not been released as of Thursday).
Daniels received well above the votes to meet that amount.
The general election will be held Nov. 6.
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