Jenny Wilson wins seat on the Paris ISD school board


Jenny Wilson

Jenny Wilson won a seat on the Paris Independent School District board of trustees Saturday, defeating Trase Christian 101-14.

The seat was actually uncontested, since Christian was declared ineligible well before the election — but too late to stop the election. He lived in District 6 last year, but redistricting earlier this year put him in another district, and the error wasn’t discovered right away.

Had Christian received the most votes, the school board would have treated it like any other vacancy. The board would have had to call a special election for next November or appoint someone to fill the seat.

She will fill the Place 6 seat on the board now held by board president Dave Eisele, who opted not to run for re-election.

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Stephens, Osborne win re-election to North Lamar school board


Amy Stephens and Dave Osborne have been returned to new 3-year terms on the North Lamar Independent School District board of trustees.

They were running along with Jimmy Womack for the two seats.

Stephens received 235 votes (40.03%), Osborne 233 votes (39.69%), and Womack 119 votes (20.27%).

There is no runoff. Whichever two candidates received the most votes are elected.


Curtis Fendley, Ginna Walker Bowman win berths on PJC regents


Curtis Fendley

Curtis Fendley and Ginna Walker Bowman regained seats on the Paris Junior College board of regents Saturday in one of the livelier elections for the college in years.

Fendley defeated Paul Gene Roden by a vote ofr 594 (59.7%) to 401 (40.3%), and Bowman beat Barney Bray by a vote of 233 (62.8%) to 138 (37.2%).

Roden is completing his fourth 6-year term on the board, the last 12 years of that as chairman.

Bray was appointed to the board six months ago to fill the unexpired term of Rachel Braswell, who resigned. Bray was running for a full term.

Both Bowman and Fendley had served on the PJC regents previously. Bowman had to leave the board when she moved out of her district after the death of her husband, Dr. Larry Walker, several years ago.


District 6    
Early Vote 176 94
Mail-In Vote 0 0
Saturday 57 44
FINAL VOTE 233 138
  62.80% 37.20%
District 1    
Early Vote 17 19
Mail-in Vote 0 0
Saturday 18 4
TOTAL, DIST . 1 35 23
District 2    
Early Vote 13 11
Mail-in Vote 0 0
Saturday 9 4
TOTAL, DIST . 2 22 15
District 3    
Early Vote 37 31
Mail-in Vote 0 0
Saturday 18 13
TOTAL, DIST . 3 56 44
District 4    
Early Vote 51 52
Mail-in Vote 0 1
Saturday 19 18
TOTAL, DIST . 4 70 71
District 5    
Early Vote 39 21
Mail-in Vote 0 1
Saturday 16 1
TOTAL, DIST . 5 55 23
District 6    
Early Vote 178 88
Mail-in Vote 1 0
Saturday 60 42
TOTAL, DIST . 6 229 130
District 7    
Early Vote 91 78
Mail-in Vote 0 0
Saturday 36 17
TOTAL, DIST . 7 127 95
FINAL TOTAL: 594 401
  59.70% 40.30%

Aaron Jenkins, Sue Lancaster win election to City Council; Wright stays on; Drake ousts Pickle

Cleonne Drake holds up the “VICTORY” sign Saturday night after defeating two-term city councilman Edwin Pickle for the District 6 seat on the Paris City Council. Beside her side is her husband, Del Drake. ( photo by Charles Richards)

How did I win?!?” former Paris High School track and football star Aaron Jenkins asked Saturday night after learning he had won the District 1 seat on the Paris City Council. He campaigned early on in the race, and it was enough to carry him to victory. ( photo by Charles Richards)


There will be three new members of the Paris City Council after votes are canvassed on May 21 — Cleonne Holmes Drake (District 6), Aaron Jenkins (District 1), and Sue Lancaster (District 2). The only incumbent winning a new term was John Wright (District 3).

Sue Lancaster

Drake turned back Edwin Pickle’s bid for a third 2-year term on the Paris City Council on Saturday. The school teacher and former Paris police officer led the early voting, and added more votes on Saturday, outpolling Pickle by better than a 3-to-1 edge. The final tally was 209 (62%) to 128 (38%).

Wright led by only two votes (32-30) after early voting, but got all but four of the 31 votes cast on Saturday. The final vote was 61 (64%) for Wright and 34 (36%) for Meals on Wheels volunteers coordinator and retired Brookshire’s manager Marvin Wroten.

In the two minority districts, Jenkins won District 1′s seat on the council by outpolling former councdilman and mayor Don Shelton by a vote of 36 (67%) to 27 (43%) — keeping the district represented by a minority. Jenkins was a football and track star for Paris High School in 1987, when Allen Wilson was the football coach.

Lancaster won the District 2 seat, beating tattoo parlor owner Robert Avila, the incumbent, by 35 (67%) to 17 (33%).

Neither Jenkins nor Avila waged an active campaign. But Jenkins indicated his interest is developing more athletic facilities for the city’s youth — preferably on Paris’ west side. His daughter was the MVP of Paris High School’s basketball team, graduating in 2011. She is now on the University of Texas-Dallas women’s basketball squad.


Aaron Jenkins

21 1 14 36 57.14%
Don Shelton 19 0 8 27 42.86%
Sue Lancaster 22 0 13 35 67.31%
Robert Avila 9 0 8 17 32.69%
John Wright 32 2 27 61 64.21%
Marvin Wroten 30 0 4 34 35.79%
Cleonne Drake 126 2 81 209 62.02%
Edwin Pickle 102 1 25 128 37.98%

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Early vote gives Fendley, Bowman huge leads in PJC regent races

Here is the early vote in the Paris Junior College regents’ election.

After the early vote, Curtis Fendley leads Paul Gene Roden for the Place 9, at-large position on the board, by a vote of 388 to 280.

In the Place 6 vote, Ginna Walker Bowman leads Barney Bray 176 to 94.

Final results are expected soon.


Place 9 (at large) — Curtis Fendley vs. Paul Gene Roden

District 1:

Early vote:

Curtis Fendley 17

Paul Gene Roden 19


District 2:

Early vote:

Curtis Fendley 13

Paul Gene Roden  11


District 3:

Early vote:

Curtis Fendley 37

Paul Gene Roden 31


District 4:

Early vote:

Curtis Fendley 51

Paul Gene Roden 53


District 5:

Early Vote:

Curtis Fendley 39

Paul Gene Roden 22


District 6:

Early vote:

Ginna Walker Bowman 176

Barney Bray 94


Curtis Fendley 179

Paul Gene Roden 88


District 7:

Early vote:

Curtis Fendley 91

Paul Gene Roden 78


Total Early Vote for Diatrict 9 :

Curtis Fendley 388

Paul Gene Roden 280