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June 23, 2014

Early voting turnout low in PA Council runoff

PORT ARTHUR — Early voting for June 28 runoff election to decide the winner of the Port Arthur City Council District 2 seat concludes Tuesday.

The number of people casting their votes so far has been low, Sherri Bellard, city secretary and election administrator, said.

Thus far, only 108 people have voted early. But then, only 345 voted in the May 10 election, Bellard said.

The numbers, she said, are less than normal.

Candidates Carroll “Cal” Jones and Tiffany Hamilton are seeking the District 2 seat currently held by Liz Segler, who did not seek another term.

The pair were the top two vote getters, having pulled in more votes than the third candidate, Maria Block.

Jones, 64, is retired and a disabled U.S. Army veteran. He is not newcomer to Port Arthur politics, having previously served a one-year unexpired term left vacant by Felix Barker.

Jones has said while talking Port Arthur residents on the campaign trail he has leared the issues most important to them: the need for better city streets, improved infrastructure, as well as the future of Rose Hill Manor and Pleasure Island.

Jones has lived in the city for 61 years — long enough, he said, to know the problems and concerns facing the people of Port Arthur.

Jones has five grown children, aged 28 to 45. He is a Lincoln High School graduate and attended Port Arthur College.

Hamilton, 33, is a newcomer to politics, but not to community service or the world of business.

She is a 1998 graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School, and, along with her brother, is owner of Alabaster Supplies, a supply distribution company.

Hamilton has earned her undergraduate degree from Xavier University in business administration and marketing, She also obtained a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in international business.

Hamilton said people are worried about the negativity on the City Council board.

Hamilton has lived in Northern Virginia, New Orleans and Atlanta, and has served her community in each of those cities.

Early voting by personal appearance is from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at two locations: City Hall and the Port Arthur Public Library.

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