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May 10, 2014

PA voters elect two incumbents, two new to City Council

District 2 race slated for runoff

Sherry Koonce
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Port Arthur voters elected a mixture of old and new to fill five open City Council seats on Saturday.

The Council will see two new members, as well as two incumbents re-elected for another term. Voters will go to the polls yet another time to decide the winner of a runoff election.

Incumbent Raymond Scott Jr. won the District 1 seat by a vote of 409, or 51 percent, to challenger Mike Mason’s 393 votes, or 49 percent.

When The News reached Scott for comment, he said he would call back, but did not by press time.

Stephen A. Mosely, the owner of The Breeze Radio station, garnered 562 votes, or 57 percent, to win the District 4 seat. Candidate Laura Miguez, of Port Acres received 413 votes, or 42.36 percent.

“I want to thank God, my wife, and family who were out at the polls with me,” Mosely said. “Also, all the poll workers and watchers, all who sacrificed to help me win. Now it’s time for me to go to work.”

Mosely, 61, retired in October from Total as a lab tech with almost 40 years working in industry.

From 2005 until present, Mosely has operated The Breeze KSAP, a low-power non-profit radio station in Port Arthur that provides training for youth while offering a platform for various artists, industry, community groups.

In the Position 7 race, incumbent Derrick Freeman won with 1,640 of the votes cast, or 61 percent. Challenger Reginald D. Trainer Sr., received 1,007, or 38.04 percent of the vote.

“For me it is a victory for Port Arthur. It’s not about me, it’s about our city and trying to move forward,” Freeman said. “I do want to thank all those who worked on behalf of my campaign.”

Freeman, 38, is self-employed with Marketing Innovations and Network Development, or MIND.

The incumbent is a founder of the ITB organization, a voter registration group, and he is involved with mentoring at-risk youth and also coaches sports.

Kaprina Richardson Frank beat two other candidates to take the Position 8 seat. Frank received 1,359 votes, or 51 percent. Incumbent Kerry “Twin” Thomas received 1,024 votes, or 38 percent and Lowra A. Reado-Harrison received 275, or 10 percent of the vote.

“I thank God, the people of Port Arthur, and my family. We’ve done the campaigning, and now its time to get to work,” Frank said.

Frank, 51, is vice-president in charge of retail/business development at Community Bank. She has 25 years in the banking industry.

In addition to her banking career, Frank has served on the city’s Economic Development Corporation board of directors for two terms. During the last term she was president before resigning the position to run for City Council.

Tiffany L. Hamilton and Cal J. Jones will face each other in a runoff election for the District 2 seat.

Hamilton received 168 votes, or 48 percent; Jones, 129, or 37 percent. Maria Block received 48 votes, or 13 percent.

Both said they were disappointed in the low voter turnout, and hoped more people would go to the polls in the runoff election.

“My job now is to go back to the district and make sure people understand it is urgent to get to the polls and vote, especially since there are so many issues facing the city like high unemployment, bad roads and sewer problems” Jones said. “I am ready to hit the campaign trail again starting Sunday after church.”

Hamilton said she was ready to start campaigning again.

“Anything that comes easy must not be worth it, so we are ready to keep campaigning. We are still in the fight and have a job to do so are staying focused,” Hamilton said. “I appreciate the voters for coming out to vote and just want more to come out and vote.”

A total of 2,875 people voted in the city, school board elections.

This year 38,600 people registered to vote in the city and 38,302 voters registered in the Port Arthur School District, according to the Jefferson County Voter Registrar’s office.

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