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By CHARLES RICHARDS
Early voting continues at the Lamar County Courthouse Annex (old post office) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday of this week and Monday and Tuesday of next week. Election Day is a week from Saturday.
Thursday, 36 votes were cast for the four city council races, which are two-year terms. About half the votes came from voters in District 6, where incumbent Edwin Pickle is being challenged by Cleonne Holmes Drake.
Seventeen votes were cast in the Pickle-Drake race.
Nine votes were cast in the District 3 race between incumbent John Wright and Marvin Wroten., 4 votes were cast in the District 3 race between incumbent Robert Avila and Sue Lancaster, and 6 votes in the District 1 race between Aaron Jenkins and Don Shelton.
In the PJC regent election, the race between incumbent Paul Gene Roden and Curtis Fendley is one that every registered voter in the city is eligible to vote, since the Place 9 position on the board is an at-large spot. Thursday, 78 votes were cast in that race, increasing the four-day total of votes to 396 — a clip of almost 100 a day.
The District 6 berth between incumbent Barney Bray and Ginna Walker Bowman attracted 19 voters, raising the four-day count to 151. PJC regents serve six-year terms.
In the school board races, where the terms are for three years, the three-way battle among Dave Osborn, Amy Stephens and Jimmy Womack for two at-large positions on the North Lamar school board drew 35 votes on Thursday, increasing the four-day early vote total to 151.
No one showed up at the Paris ISD ballot box Thursday for the Place 6 election between Jenny Wilson and Trase Christian, and the total turnout remains at 33.
By CHARLES RICHARDS
Here is the daily recap for the early vote from Monday through Wednesday in the 2012 elections for the Paris City Council and Paris Junior College. Early voting continues at the Lamar County Courthouse Annex (old post office) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday of this week and Monday and Tuesday of next week. Election Day is a week from Saturday.
Wednesday, 35 votes were cast for the four city council races — 3 in the District 1 race between Aaron Jenkins and Don Shelton; 2 in the District 2 race between Robert Avila and Sue Lancaster; 12 in the District 3 race between John Wright and Marvin Wroten; and 18 in the District 6 race between Edwin Pickle and Cleonne Holmes Drake.
In the PJC regent election, 25 votes were cast in the PJC District 6 race between Barney Bray and Ginna Walker Bowman. and 77 votes were cast in the PJC District 9 at-large race between Paul Gene Roden and Curtis Fendley – 4 in PJC District 1, 4 in PJC District 2, 7 in PJC District 3, 7 in PJC District 4, 9 in PJC District 5, 25 in PJC District 6 and 21 in PJC District 7.
That brings the three-day vote total to 165 in the City Council races — 12 votes in District 1; 13 in District 2; 29 in District 3; and 111 in District 6.
For the PJC elections, the three-day total is up to 132 in the Bray-Bowman race and 316 in the Roden-Fendley race — 10 in PJC District 1, 9 in PJC District 2, 36 in PJC District 3, 34 in PJC District 4, 33 in PJC District 5, 132 in PJC District 6, and 64 in PJC District 7.
Both the Paris City Council and Paris Junior College are operating under newly redistricted districts, and the two do not exactly coincide. Some people who live in PJC District 4 may live in city council district 1 or 6, and some who live in PJC 2 or 5 may live in city council district 3.
In the North Lamar Independent School District, where three candidates are vying for two spots on the North Lamar school board, there were 57 votes on Wednesday, raising the three-day early vote total to 116. North Lamar’s trustees are all elected at-large, so every registered voter in the North Lamar school district can vote. The North Lamar turnout for Wednesday exceeded the turnout for the four Paris City Council races.
At North Lamar, Dave Osborn, Amy Stephens and jimmy Womack are vying for two trustee spots.
Eight votes were cast Wednesday in the Paris Independent School District, where registered voters in District 6 are choosing between Jenny Wilson and Trase Christian for a 3-year term on the board of trustees. Christian has been declared ineligible, but Wilson must still win the election to get the seat. If Christian wins, the boad would appoint someone or call a special election for November. That brings the total to 33 votes through two days.
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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|