ELECTION Early voting starts Tuesday for Ward 1 runoff
Polls will open Tuesday for Beaumont’s Ward 1 voters to make the final decision on who will represent them for the next two years.
Incumbent Virginia Jordan and challenger Taylor Neild Sr. earned the most votes in the May 4 general election, but neither won more than 50 percent of the vote.
Jordan, 70, received about 46.8 percent of the votes while Neild, 35, received 44.3 percent.
Taher Quraishi pulled the remaining votes, almost 8.9 percent. He said he has thrown his support behind Neild, the candidate whose platform most resembles his.
“Virginia Jordan is a sweet lady, I like her too,” Quraishi said, noting that choosing whom to endorse was a “hard” decision. “But I’m supporting the cause, the person who can do a better job and who knows construction like I do.”
At this point, there’s very little that can be done to sway new voters, Jordan said. It’s about getting the ones who support you out to vote, Neild said.
“We have to call and make as many touches as we can to get our people out there,” Jordan said, reinforcing that her platform is strengthening crime prevention, prioritizing infrastructure improvements and pursuing various quality-of-life initiatives.
Neild, on the other hand, took to social media to reach constituents. He started an online campaign titled “It’s Time for Taylor” to share facts about him that he feels voters should know.
Among them is that, if elected, Neild’s construction company no longer would bid on city of Beaumont projects, he said. He also reiterated that he has 20 years of experience working on infrastructure.
“I’ve heard people say I’m running so I can get work for my company, this is not a true statement,” he told The Enterprise. “I’m just excited for the opportunity that’s been provided to me.”
Early voting begins Tuesday and lasts on specific days until June 4.
Voters can call the Beaumont City Clerk’s office at (409) 880-3745 to confirm they live in Ward 1.
Election day is June 8.
Watch BeaumontEnterprise.com June 8 for election results.