Early voting ends with huge turnout Friday of 446, catapulting final early vote total past 3,000

 

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

254

18

272

Wed., May 23

229

17

246

Thursday, May 24

249

12

261

Friday, May 25

407

39

446

TOTAL

2,845

205

3,050

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Results from Early Voting will be available on Election Night, Tuesday, May 29, on the Lamar County Election Website:

http://www.co.lamar.tx.us/ips/cms/countyoffices/elections.html

“Be sure to check our website Tuesday night at 7 p.m. for Early Voting results,” county elections administrator Russ Towers said Friday. “Our Election Night Reporting feature will also update in real time as the precincts are tabulated.”

For a list of polling places on Tuesday, CLICK the following link:

May 29, 2012 Primary Elections Polling Locations

For election results on Tuesday night, CLICK the following link:

Primary Election Results

 

After newly elected regents are sworn in Tuesday, PJC board will select its 2012-14 officers

By CHARLES RICHARDS

www.eParisExtra.com

Newly elected board members will be sworn in Tuesday at the May monthly meeting of the Paris Junior College board of regents, and a new president will be chosen to replace Paul Gene Roden, who is leaving the board after 24 years – 12 years as president.

The board also will elect two other officers – vice president and secretary.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Founders Room of the Administration Building, 2400 Clarksville St.

Curtis Fendley

Ginna Walker

On May 12, Curtis Fendley and Ginna Walker were elected to six-year terms – Fendley defeating Roden in at-large District 9 and Walker defeating Barney Bray in District 6. Ann Wyche was elected to a new term without opposition.

Also on PJC’s nine-member board are Carlton Grant, Louise Taylor and Berdie Gibson, who have four years remaining on their terms; and Daigone Garner, Frankie Norwood and Roma Street, who have two years remaining.

Taylor has been the board’s vice president for the past two years, and Gibson has been the secretary.

The junior college’s nine regents are elected from seven single-member districts and two at-large districts.

The PJC regents normally meet on the fourth Monday of each month, but they are meeting on Tuesday this month because Monday is the day observed as Memorial Day.

Among other agenda items, the board will select a date for its budget workshop.

PJC president Pam Anglin will update the board on several topics, including construction now under way on PJC campuses in Paris, Greenville and Sulphur Springs.

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Cleonne Drake, Aaron Jenkins won their Paris City Council seats by going door-to-door

By CHARLES RICHARDS

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Cleonne Drake and Aaron Jenkins credit going door-to-door in their district as the reason they won election to the Paris City Council on May 12.

When the Paris News urged voters six days before the election to send businessman Edwin Pickle – not Drake – to the council from District 6, “that made me work just that much harder,” Drake said.

Cleonne Drake

“It did. It made me work just that much harder,” Drake said. “I think we went door-to-door to over a thousand houses and sent out about four hundred letters. That, and just talking to people as I ran into them, and making phone calls.”

The 56-year-old junior high teacher and former Paris police officer and Lamar County probation officer and parole officer was accompanied on her vote-seeking rounds by her husband, Del “Dub” Drake III, 58, who himself retired after a career with the Alcohol and Beverage Commission.

“I think we hit about 90 percent of the houses in our district,” he said.

“I think it made a difference. We got good responses from people who said, ‘We’ve never had a candidate come by before,’ “ he said.

Jenkins, the 43-year-old owner of Jenkins Mobile Detail Shop, which he operates out of his home, also won despite not securing the endorsement of the Paris News.

In endorsing Jenkins’ opponent, former mayor and councilman Don Shelton, the newspaper noted that Jenkins was one of two candidates who ignored an appeal to appear before its editorial board and also failed to appear at its candidate forum.

That showed disdain of the voters, the newspaper said.

But both Drake and Jenkins benefited from a base of support that demonstrated itself during the election.

Drake graduated from Paris High School and is the sister of retired Paris police Sgt. Stephen “Red” Holmes. Their father, Cleo Holmes, was also a longtime Paris police officer, and her father-in-law, Del Drake Jr., was an FBI agent in Paris for many years.

On the evening of the election, she was “cautiously optimistic,” she said.

“I wanted to feel optimistic, but I was nervous. If people really voted the way they were talking and showing me support, I felt I had a chance to win. When I heard the early vote totals, that showed me ahead, I was like, oh my gosh. You know? I thought it would be closer than it was. I thought if I won, it would be very close, so I was very pleased. I was excited.”

Aaron Jenkins

Jenkins was a cornerback and running back on the 1987 Paris High School football team coached by Allen Wilson that went 9-1 and was considered better than the team that won the state championship the following year.

He was also on the Paris High School mile relay team that finished second at the UIL state track and field meet in 1988.

And he has remained visible throughout the community through his work with youths – his children and others. His daughter, Ariole Jenkins, led Paris high School to four straight district basketball championships from 2008-2011.

His nephew, Equettis Jenkins, led Paris High School to the playoffs for three straight years in basketball from 2008-2010, was the district’s most valuable player, and set a school record for three-pointers.

But a willing politician, he was not. He had to be talked into running, and kept wondering aloud if being on the city council would take him away from his children’s activities and other youths he was trying to help.

“You know, I did go door to door, at one time, early on,” Jenkins said. “I went through the whole neighborhood, handing out a bunch of cards. I got a bunch of names written down. Everybody said they were going to vote for me.”

He began to have doubts when he began to be confronted by reporters wanting to ask what he hoped to accomplish if he were elected. He didn’t know if he was cut out for all that.

“What happened? How did I win?” Jenkins asked a reporter who came to his house on Election Night, after the results were announced.

He admitted that he quit campaigning and did not even vote. But many of those who told him he could count on their votes did show up at the polls.

Jenkins defeated Shelton by a vote of 36-27, and Drake beat Pickle by a vote of 209-128.

Drake said although she has been going to council members regularly since she became a candidate, she does not pretend to know everything about the issues.

“I am, however, a quick learner and hard worker,” she said. “I would encourage people of my district to call, email me, or stop by my home anytime. It will be my job to stay in touch with them.”

Jenkins said now that he has won a seat on the city council, he would like to work for more opportunities for the city’s younger citizens. Much of his free time now is spent working with kids — his own and others – and he’d like to see more opportunities for them.

“Like today, it was raining. They didn’t have anything to do,” Jenkins said on election night. “They’re sitting in their houses. There’s nowhere they could have gone. What would it be they could do? Go bowling? Skating?”

Jenkins commented about large indoor arenas that have been built in recent years in the north Dallas area for basketball, volleyball, swimming – “maybe indoor soccer or flag football.”

“Are they willing to build something like that around here?” he wondered out loud.

If support should rally for new all-purpose facilities for youth, he said, “How come they don’t build it on the west side (of Paris). Anything built for the kids – anything real big and nice – then people would start building around it. Maybe on the loop. But it needs to be something nice.”

Jenkins continued:

“If you built something like that, they could throw tournaments all the time, like they do at Love Civic Center. Or if you had an arena where you could play flag football, you could bring in people from Greenville, Mount Pleasant, Hugo, Clarksville. … We are in the middle of a big area that would be appealing to.”

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Early voting to end Friday in Lamar County GOP and Democratic primaries; 261 cast ballots Thursday, raising early vote total to 2,604

 

TO SEE SAMPLE BALLOTS FOR REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES, CLICK ON HERE

 

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

254

18

272

Wed., May 23

229

17

246

Thursday, May 24

249

12

261

Friday, May 25

 

 

0

TOTAL

2,438

166

2,604

 

 

 

 

246 votes on Wednesday pushes count to 2,343 with two days remaining in early voting for May 29 county primary

 

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

254

18

272

Wed., May 23

229

17

246

Thursday, May 24

 

0

Friday, May 25

 

0

TOTAL

2,189

154

2,343

TO SEE SAMPLE BALLOTS FOR REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES, CLICK ON

http://www.eparisextra.com/paris-texas-news/2012/05/15/here-are-sample-ballots-for-the-may-29-primary-both-democratic-and-republican-you-may-vote-early-at-the-lamar-county-courthouse-annex-old-post-office-weekdays-