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COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT 1
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CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 1
CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 2
CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 3
CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 4
CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 5
Gene C. Hobbs Jr.
By CHARLES RICHARDS
Two days after the upcoming May 12 city election, present members of the Paris City Council will meet two days later, one last time, for full, regular city council meeting.
Votes from the election must be canvassed before new members can be seated, and two days is too quick for that to happen.
City clerk Janice Ellis said Wednesday that a short meeting will be scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 21, for the council to canvass the election results, seat any newcomers, and hold the annual election for mayor and mayor-pro tem.
The first full meeting of the new council will be scheduled for later in the month.
No sooner will voting for the city, junior college and local school boards end than the spotlight will turn to the county and state elections. Early voting for those will begin on Monday, May 14, and continue for two weeks, leading up to the Republican and Democratic primaries on Tuesday, May 29.
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By CHARLES RICHARDS
Four of the seven seats on the Paris City Council — for Districts 1, 2, 3 and 6 — are up for election this year, but residents of the three other districts have cast more than 40 percent of the total vote so far despite no city council races.
Every registered voter in the city is eligible to vote for the at-large District 9 on the Paris Junior College board of regents — a spirited race between board chairman Paul Gene Roden, who is seeking his fifth 4-year term, and Paris businessman and former mayor Curtis Fendley.
Voters in District 6 have three races – the city council race between incumbent Edwin Pickle and Cleonne Holmes Drake, and two PJC races — including the District 6 competition between incumbent Barney Bray and Ginna Walker Bowman.
So far 241 votes have been cast at the Lamar County Courthouse annex (old post office) on Monday and Tuesdzy — 130 for the four city council races (including 93 for the Pickle-Drake race), 107 from District 6 for the Bray-Bowman race, and 241 from Districts 1 through 7 for the Roden-Fendley race.
Of the 130 votes for city council over the two days of early voting, there have been 9 votes (6.9 percent) cast in two days for the District 1 city council race between Aaron Jenkins and Don Shelton, 11 votes (8.5 percent) for the District 2 race between incumbent Robert Avila and Sue Lancaster, 17 votes (13.1 percent) for the District 3 race between incument John Wright and Marvin Wroten, and 93 votes (71.5 percent) for the District 6 race between incument Edwin Pickle and Cleonne Holmes Wright.
Of the 241 votes cast in the Roden-Fendley race, 6 (2.5 percent) are from District 1, 5 (2.1 percent) are from District 2, 29 (12.1 percent) are from District 3, 27 (11.2 percent) are from District 4, 24 (10.0 percent) are from District 5, 107 (44.4 percent) arre from District 6, and 43 (17.4 percent) are from District 7.
In District 6, after two days, 107 people voted in the PJC election and 93 for the Pickle-Drake city council election. Likewise, there were 29 who voted from District 3 in the PJC election, but only 17 from District 3′s city council race. In Districts 2 and 3, there were more votes cast in the city council races than for the PJC race.
The difference is because the district lines are generally alike, but there are some differences between the city and the Paris Junior College districts, and also between the PJC and Paris ISD, and between the city and Paris ISD.
Tuesday’s early total of 119 is just off Monday’s opening pace of 122 votes.
The doors were open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Lamar County Courthouse Annex. The last five days of early voting (Wednesday through Friday of this week and Monday and Tuesday of next week) will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Paris ISD and North Lamar ISD are in the midst of school board elections. Voting is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the North Lamar ISD administrative office (3201 Lewis Lane), and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the PISD, at the Elaine Ballard administrative office (1920 Clarksville St.).
Dave Osborn, 62, of 258 Butternut, Powderly; Amy Stephens, 43, of 2910 Meandering Way, Paris; and Jimmy Womack, 2360 FM 1500, Sumner, are vying for two spots on the North Lamar school board. There were 36 votes cast on Monday’s first day of early voting at the NLISD administration office. There were 23 more votes on Tuesday, raising the total North Lamar early votes to 59.
In the Paris ISD Place 6 trustee election between Jenny Wilson and Trase Christian, there were 16 votes on Monday and 9 more on Tuesday, for a total of 25 for the two days.
Christian has been declared ineligible because his residence, which was in District 6 last year, is now in another district. But because it was discovered too late to stop the election, Wilson must still win the election to gain the seat. Should Christian get the most votes, the board would have a choice of appointing a replacement or calling a special election for next November.
Look at the following links to read the Q-and-A interviews on the PJC and city council races:
PJC at-large Distrit 9: Paul Gene Roden vs. Curtis Fendley:
PJC District 6: Barney Bray vs. Ginna Walker Bowman:
City Council District 1: Aaron Jenkins vs. Don Shelton:
City Council District 2: Robert Avila vs. Sue Lancaster:
City Council District 3: John Wright vs. Marvin Wroten:
City Cluncil District 6: Edwin Pickle vs. Cleonne Holmes Drake:
Here are the early votes cast on Monday and Tuesday, courtesy of county elections administrator Russ Towers and officials at North Lamar and Paris ISDs.
|PARIS CC1 (Jenkins-Shelton)||3||6||9|
|PARIS CC2 (Avila-Lancaster)||3||8||11|
|PARIS CC3 (Wright-Wroten)||8||9||17|
|PARIS CC6 (Pickle-Drake)||54||39||93|
|PJC 1; Roden-Fendley||1||5||6|
|PJC 2 (Roden-Fendley)||3||2||5|
|PJC 3 (Roden-Fendley)||14||15||29|
|PJC 4 (Roden-Fendley)||12||15||27|
|PJC 5 (Roden-Fendley)||13||11||24|
|PJC 6 (Bray-Bowman); Roden-Fendley||61||46||107|
|PJC 7 (Roden-Fendley)||18||25||43|
|North Lamar ISD Trustees||36||23||59|
|Paris ISD Trustees (Wilson-Christian)||16||9||25|
By CHARLES RICHARDS
Sixty-eight people turned out for Monday’s opening day of early voting for four open 2-year seats on the Paris City Council, county elections administrator Russ Towers said.
Extended hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. prevail again today for the city and for two 6-year berths on the Paris Junior College board of regents.
After that, early voting begins at 8 a.m. but closes at 5 p.m. for the five remaining days of early voting – Wednesday through Friday (May 2-4) and Monday and Tuesday of next week (May 7-8).
Election Day is Saturday, May 12.
(Click on the link following each race to read the candidates’ responses to questions asked them by eParisExtra.com about the issues.)
Almost 8 out of 10 voters who cast ballots for the city council on Monday were from District 6, where Edwin Pickle is seeking a third 2-year term against challenger Cleonne Holmes Drake.
Fifty-four of the 68 voters cast a ballot in the District 6 council race.
Eight voted in the District 3 race between incumbent John Wright and Marvin Wroten.
Three people voted in the District 1 match-up between Aaron Jenkins and Don Shelton.
Three people also voted in the District 2 competition between incumbent Robert Avila and Sue Lancaster.
In the balloting for two contested spots on the Paris Junior College board of regents, 122 votes were cast – 61 in Place 6, 18 in Place 7, 14 in Place 3, 13 in Place 5, 12 in Place 4, 3 in Place 2, and 1 in Place 1. All were eligible to vote in the District 9 at-large regents berth that incumbent Paul Gene Roden is defending against challenger Curtis Fendley.
The 61 voters from District 6 had votes for the Roden-Fendley election as well as the Pickle-Drake race and also the PJC Place 6 election between incumbent Barney Bray and Ginna Walker Bowman.
Not everyone voted in both the city council and PJC regent races, despite both elections taking place at the Lamar County Courthouse Annex (old post office) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday..
The Roden-Fendley election drew 43 people from Districts 4, 5 and 7, which have no council elections this year. Eighteen people voted in District 7, 13 voted in District 5, and 12 voted in District 4. That means 79 who voted in the PJC election also were eligible to vote in the council race — but only 68 of them did.
Sixty-one people voted in the Bray-Bowman race in District 6, but only 54 voted in the Pickle-Drake council race.
Of the 14 from District 3 who voted in the Roden-Fendley race, only 8 voted in the Wright-Wroten race.
Of the 3 from District 2 who voted for in the PJC at-large election, all three voted in the Avila-Lancaster race.
However, the opposite trend exhibited itself in District 1, where 3 votes were cast in the Jenkins-Shelton council race, but only one vote from District 1 was cast in the Roden-Fendley election for PJC regent.
In the Place 6 race on the Paris Independent School District board of trustees between Jennifer “Jenny” Wilson and Trase Christian, 14 votes had been cast with about an hour left in early voting on Monday.
Christian has been declared ineligible because his residence is not in District 6, as a result of redistricting, but the discovery came too late to call off the election. Wilson must get at least half of the votes to win the 3-year seat.
If Christian should end up with more votes, the school board would have the option of appointing someone or calling a special election for November.
Here is a look at the precinct-by-precinct voting, as provided by Towers:
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By CHARLES RICHARDS
Gene C. Hobbs Jr., who will be on the Republican ballot for the May 29 primary election as a candidate for re-election as constable for Precinct 5, had an intriguing post late Sunday on Facebook:
That’s a particularly embarrassing typographical error, since Hobbs’ opponent in the race is Jimmy Hodges.
Today, Lamar County elections administrator Russ Towers confirmed the misprint.
“I just missed it on the proof,” Towers said.
“I will have to double-check with the Secretary of State’s office to see what to do. I know we are going to have ballots reprinted. Fortunately, it’s not the entire county.”
Every registered voter in the Paris city limits votes in Precinct 5.
Towers said he learned of the problem from Hobbs, who told him one of his constituents called him and told him his name was misspelled.
,About 200 mail-out ballots have been sent out, Towers said.
Hobbs has been the Precinct 5 constable since 2001. He is seeking his fourth 4-year term.
Today is the last day to register to vote for the May 29 election.
First day of early voting for the May 29 primary is May 14. Early voting continues through May 25.
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