District 3 seizes the momentum with one day to go in Paris City Council early voting

ballot boxMonday, for the first time since early voting started in the Paris City Council race a week ago, residents of District 3 showed up in the greatest numbers at the Lamar County Services Building, edging out District 6.

Of the 60 voters who went to the polls Monday, increasing the total early vote count to 358, District 3 led with 22 votes, followed by District 6 with 20, District 1 with 15 and District 2 with 3.

Incumbents are seeking re-election in all four City Council districts — 1, 2, 3 and 6 — and in two PJC regent districts — 4 and 7. All have opponents. Early voting is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

That will wrap up voting until Election Day itself, on Saturday.

  • In City Council District 1 (incumbent Aaron Jenkins vs. former councilman Joe McCarthy), 14 people voted on Monday, 10 on Tuesday, 8 on Wednesday, 5 on Thursday, 8 on Friday and 15 on Monday for a six-day total of 60 (16.8 percent of the total).
  • In City Council District 2 (incumbent Sue Lancaster vs. Kelly Collins), 17 people voted on Monday, 2 on Tuesday, 6 on Wednesday, 4 on Thursday, 3 on Friday and 3 on Monday for a six-day total of 35 (9.8 percent of the total).
  • In District 3 (incumbent John Wright vs. former councilman Benny Plata), 9 people voted on Monday, 9 on Tuesday, 13 people on Wednesday, 15 on Thursday, 14 on Friday and 22 on Monday for a six-day total of 60 (16.8 percent of the total). Wright became the last city council candidate to vote. The seven others all voted on the first day of early voting last week.
  • In District 6 (incumbent councilwoman Cleonne Drake vs. former councilman Edwin Pickle), 36 people voted on Monday, 31 on Tuesday, 32 on Wednesday, 29 on Thursday, 33 on Friday and 20 on Monday for a six-day total of 181 (50.6 percent of the total).

In the Paris Junior College regents election, 23 votes were cast in Early Voting on Friday, raising the total after five days to 115, keeping the average of 23 a day for the two PJC regent elections involved.

  • In the Place 4 race between incumbent Daigone Garner and challenger Charles A. Lynch, 17 votes were cast on Monday, 10 on Tuesday, 9 on Wednesday, 7 on Thursday, 14 on Friday and 12 on Monday for a six-day total of 69 (47.6 percent of the total).
  • In the Place 7 race among incumbent Frankie Norwood, Charles W. Gilbert and Jim Bell, 15 votes were cast on Monday, 15 on Tuesday, 6 on Wednesday, 13 on Thursday, 9 on Friday and 18 on Monday for a six-day total of 76 (52.4 percent of the total).

Here is the recap for Early Voting in the Paris City Council and Paris Junior College regent elections:

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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.