, Port Arthur, Texas

June 20, 2011

Tuesday last day to vote early in PA runoff

Sherry Koonce
The Port Arthur News

— Early voting for the May 25 Port Arthur city council runoff election concludes Tuesday, and so far the number casting ballots is low.

Acting City Secretary Sherri Ballard said of the city’s 28,638 registered voters eligible to vote in the runoff election, only 1,059 people have cast their ballots early.

 The election will determine two new Port Arthur City councilmembers including the at-large Position 7 seat and the District 4 seat. Both are three year terms.

Newcomer Derrick Freeman is seeking the Position 7 at-large seat against Willie “Bae” Lewis, a former city councilman who served 22 years on the board.

The pair were the top two vote getters during the May election, beating incumbent D. Kay Wise.

In District 4, both candidates are newcomers to the political arena. Harold L. Doucet Sr. and Warren Field, both retired, edged out incumbent Martin Flood and challenger Michelle “Robertson” Dorsey in May to earn a spot in the runoff election.

Early voting by personal appearance will be at from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the following locations in Port Arthur:

• City Hall, 444 Fourth St.

• Port Arthur Public Library, 4615 Ninth Ave.

• Fire Station No. 1, 1215 Woodworth

• H.O.P.E. Building, 701 Rev. Dr. Ransom Howard Street

• Fire Station No. 3, 2232 Canal

• Sabine Pass School, 5641 South Gulfway Dr.

Early voting hours at City Hall are extended Tuesday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.