CONVERSE — Mayor Al Suarez Suarez secured a seventh term with 64 percent of the vote over challengers Kate Silvas and Deborah James in the Nov. 5 election.
James is the Place 2 councilwoman. Silvas, the Place 4 council representative, earlier faced ouster by City Hall colleagues after a few months in office, on grounds she reportedly interfered with city administration.
However, a recent court order delayed the removal.
Suarez, a military veteran, campaigned on his experience in local government, working with other area city government and agencies, and his skills in addressing issues such as growth management, public safety and infrastructure.
Converse Place 1 Councilwoman Kathy Richel received nearly 35 percent and beat out four other candidates to remain in office.
Converse Place 3 Councilwoman Shawn Russell beat Nancy Droneburg by one vote in 2017.
It was another nail-biter, but this time Droneburg reclaimed her council seat by six votes over Russell. Chip Coleman finished third place.
Converse Place 5, too, had a close race. Former Fire Chief Richard Wendt beat Jeff Beehler by nine votes. The incumbent, Chris Clark, placed third.