Two-day Early Vote total hits 128 for Paris City Council, 57 for PJC Board of Regents

ballot boxBelow is the recap for Early Voting for Monday and Tuesday in the Paris City Council and Paris Junior College regent elections.

After two days, the Early Vote total is up to 128 in the city council race, with more than half (52.3%) of the turnout coming in District 6, where incumbent councilwoman Cleonne Drake is taking on former councilman Edwin Pickle, who held the seat for two terms before she defeated him in 2012. After 36 votes were cast on Monday, 31 were cast on Tuesday, for a two-day total of 67.

In District 1 (incumbent Aaron Jenkins vs. former councilman Joe McCarthy), 10 people voted on Tuesday, down from 14 on Monday, raising the two-day count to 24.

In District 2 (incumbent Sue Lancaster vs. Kelly Collins), only 2 people voted on Tuesday, a drop from 17 on Monday, increasing the two-day total to 19.

In District 3 (incumbent John Wright vs. former councilman Benny Plata), the Tuesday vote total was 9, the same as Monday, resulting in a two-day total of 18 votes.

Twenty-five votes were cast Tuesday for the two Paris Junior College seats, raising the two-day total to 57 votes.

  • 17 votes were cast on Monday and 10 on Tuesday in the Place 4 race between incumbent Daigone Garner and challenger Charles A. Lynch
  • 15 votes were cast on Monday and 15 on Tuesday in the Place 7 race among incumbent Frankie NorwoodCharles W. Gilbert and Jim Bell

Early voting at the County Services Building (old post office at 231 Lamar Ave.) is also going on for the two seats up for grabs on the nine-seat Paris Junior College board of regents, whose terms are for six years.

Early voting continues daily today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday of this week, plus Monday and Tuesday of next week at the County Services Building (241 Lamar Ave.)

On Election Day, May 10, 2014, voting will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

 

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.