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Vote parade continues! — 264 cast ballots Monday in county election, pushing 7-day total past 1,800 mark

EARLY VOTING –

COUNTY/STATE ELECTIONS —   LAMAR COUNTY

DATE

REPUBLICAN

DEMOCRAT

TOTAL

Monday, May 14

337

17

354

Tuesday, May 15

268

20

288

Wed., May 16

261

13

274

Thursday, May 17

276

18

294

Friday, May 18

282

16

298

Saturday, May 19

49

4

53

Monday, May 21

233

31

264

Tuesday, May 22

 

0

Wed., May 23

 

 

0

Thursday, May 24

 

0

Friday, May 25

 

0

TOTAL

1,706

119

1,825

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Paris City Council, with 3 new members, selects Hashmi, Grossnickle to second terms as mayor, mayor pro-tem

City clerk Janice Ellis administers the oath of office to the four winners of the May 12 City of Paris election — (from left) John Wright of District 3, Sue Lancaster of District 2, Aaron Jenkins of District 1, and Cleonne Drake of District 6. (eParisExtra.com photo by Charles Richards)

Dr. AJ Hashmi (right) and Dr. Richard Grossnickle stand behind Wright at the end of the meeting. The full, new council, in its first official action, elected Hashmi to a second term as mayor and Grossnickle to a second term as mayor pro-tem. (eParisExtra.com photo by Charles Richards)

Sue Lancaster and Aaron Jenkins … behind their new nameplates. (eParisExtra.com photo by Charles Richards)

Likewise, Cleonne Drake settled into her spot. (eParisExtra.com photo by Charles Richards)

By CHARLES RICHARDS

eParisExtra.com

Dr. AJ Hashmi was quickly elected Monday night to a second one-year term as mayor of Paris and Dr. Richard Grossnickle was installed as mayor pro-tem for the second year in a row.

The action occurred immediately after the results of the May 12 city election were canvassed and the winners – including three new members — were sworn in.

City clerk Janice Ellis administered the oath of office to District 1 winner Aaron Jenkins, District 2 winner Sue Lancaster, District 3 councilman John Wright, and District 6 winner Cleonne Drake.

Hashmi and Grossnickle did the honors for each other.

When Hashmi called for nominations for mayor, Grossnickle held up his hand.

“I would like to nominate Mayor Hashmi as mayor. It was a year ago that I was able to nominate him then, and he has more than fulfilled his duties as mayor. He is a man of many ideas and a lot of visions – not all of which could be realized as quickly as he would like,” Grossnickle said. “… I would move that we nominate AJ Hashmi as mayor by acclamation.”

Hashmi asked, “Do we have any opposition?”

Hearing none, Hashmi asked, “Do I have a second?”

“I’ll second it,” Wright said, and the motion carried unanimously.

“Next, the floor is open for nomination for the mayor pro-tem. Do I have any nominations?” Hashmi asked.

After two seconds of silence, Hashmi said: “If not, I’d like to nominate Dr. Grossnickle. I think all the council would agree he has done very well. I would like to nominate him by acclamation. Any objections to that?  … Can I have a second?”

District 5 councilman Matt Frierson added the second, and Grossnickle was confirmed unanimously for a second term as mayor pro-tem.

The council then adjourned until the next regularly scheduled meeting, set for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 31. Ordinarily, the meetings are the second and fourth Mondays, but next Monday is Memorial Day.

That meeting will mark the first meeting of John Godwin as Paris city manager. Finance director Gene Anderson has been sitting in on the council meetings as acting city manager since former city manager Kevin Carruth resigned under fire on Jan. 1, 2011.

Godwin assumes his duties in Paris on Wednesday of this week. The council didn’t seriously begin the job search until after last year’s mid-year elections, then sifted through more than 100 applications before hiring Godwin for a total package of about $200,000.

As the first order of business Monday night, Ellis announced the results of the election, and the council certified the outcomes. Jenkins received 36 votes to 27 for Don Shelton in District 1. Lancaster received 35 votes to 17 for Robert Avila in District 2. Wright received 61 votes to 34 for Marvin Wroten in District 3. Drake received 209 votes to 128 for Edwin Pickle in District 6.

The council then formally said goodby to Joe McCarthy of District 1, Avila and Pickle.

“Mr. Mayor, before we step down, could I say a word?” McCarthy asked. “I would just like to say to you and the other council members I have enjoyed it. Thank you for your patience in working with me. Thanks to the city staff and to Gene. I appreciate the city staff and I have enjoyed working with you all. To the citizens of Paris, thank you very much for supporting me.”

Avila said, “I second that.”

Out front, the mayor presented plaques to McCarthy and Avila, who were present. A plaque will be delivered to Pickle, who didn’t make the meeting.

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53 (49 Republicans, 4 Democrats) vote Saturday in Lamar County elections; at mid-point of early voting, 1,561 have now voted

EARLY   VOTING –
COUNTY/STATE ELECTIONS —   LAMAR COUNTY
DATE REPUBLICAN DEMOCRATIC TOTAL
Monday, May 14 337 17 354
Tuesday, May 15 268 20 288
Wed., May 16 261 13 274
Thursday, May 17 276 18 294
Friday, May 18 282 16 298
Saturday, May 19 49 4 53
Monday, May 21 0
Tuesday, May 22 0
Wed., May 23 0
Thursday, May 24 0
Friday, May 25 0
TOTAL 1,473 88 1,561

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282 vote GOP, 16 Demo on Friday in Lamar County early balloting; vote total passes 1,500 for four days

EARLY   VOTING –
COUNTY/STATE ELECTIONS —   LAMAR COUNTY
DATE REPUBLICAN DEMOCRAT TOTAL
Monday, May 14 337 17 354
Tuesday, May 15 268 20 288
Wed., May 16 261 13 274
Thursday, May 17 276 18 294
Friday, May 18 282 16 298
Saturday, May 19 0
Monday, May 21 0
Tuesday, May 22 0
Wed., May 23 0
Thursday, May 24 0
Friday, May 25 0
TOTAL 1,424 84 1,508

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