"Heated city race ends with runoff" by: Mike Reddell

   A city election Saturday, May 4, that drew about 19% percent of Bay City’s registered voters forced a runoff between two mayoral candidates – Julie Estlinbaum and Robert Nelson – elected three council members, Brent Marceaux, Becca Sitz and Jason Childers, and passed all three city charter propositions.
   The voters approved a new mayor-council/city manager form of government, extended council terms from two to three years and future city charter review commissions will be formed when necessary, not mandated as before.
   In the BCISD trustee elections, Trent Tinnin unseated incumbent Robert Kimball for Position 1, James Scardami was elected unopposed to Position 2 and John Dewitt emerged victorious from a three-way race for Position 3.
   The mayor’s race runoff will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at the Service Center.
   Early voting will be at City Hall 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 28-31 and June 3, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 4 and 5
   There are 9,438 registered voters in Bay City.
   Results of the mayor’s race last Saturday were: Nelson with 746 votes, or 41.72% of the vote; Estlinbaum with 672 votes, or 37.58%; and Bobby Head, with 370 votes, 20.69%.

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