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Early voting ends with one of the busiest days yet

ballot boxThe last day of early voting in local elections was also one of the busiest.

A total of 73 voters ventured to the Lamar County Services Building for the Paris City Council election Tuesday, just shy of the first day, which saw 76 voters. In the Paris Junior College regents election, Tuesday was the busiest day, with 33 voters casting early ballots, one more than the number cast on opening day. In all, 431 people voted early in the council race and 178 in the PJC election.

Election day is Saturday. Incumbents face opponents as they seek re-election in four City Council districts — 1, 2, 3 and 6 — and in two PJC regent districts — 4 and 7.

On Tuesday in the City Council election:

  • In the District 1 race, incumbent Aaron Jenkins faces former Councilman Joe McCarthy; 22 people voted, bringing the total to 82.
  • In the District 2 race, incumbent Sue Lancaster faces Kelly Collins; two people voted, bringing the total to 37.
  • In the District 3 race, incumbent John Wright faces former Councilman Benny Plata; 10 people voted, bringing the total to 92.
  • In the District 6 race, incumbent Cleonne Drake faces former Councilman Edwin Pickle; 39 people voted, bringing the total to 220.

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In the PJC Board of Regents election:

  • The Place 4 race is between incumbent Daigone Garner and Charles A. Lynch; 15 votes were cast, bringing the total to 84.
  • Place 7 is hosting a three-way race between incumbent Frankie Norwood, Charles W. Gilbert and Jim Bell; 18 people voted, bringing the total to 94.

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