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May 12, 2014

PA runoff election set for June 28

Sherry Koonce
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Though the bulk of Port Arthur’s City Council elections are over, two candidates will be squaring off again in a runoff election scheduled for June 28.

Tiffany Hamilton and Cal Jones were the top two vote-getters in a three-way race for the District 2 City Council seat. Because neither, Hamilton, Jones or the third candidate, Maria Block, received more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff is necessary, Sherri Ballard, city secretary said.

Early voting for the runoff election is tentatively set for June 16 through June 24.

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

Both Hamilton and Jones said they were disappointed in the number of people voting, and hoped more would cast their ballots for the runoff.

Of the city’s 38,600 registered voters, 2,875, or 7.44 percent, voted Saturday.

The number was down from the previous election year, Ballard said.

Last year during the May 2013 city and school board elections, 2,278 people voted early in an election that featured several charter changes. Another 1,039 people voted on election day last year for a total of 3,317 of the city’s 36,524 registered voters casting ballots.

Those candidates elected Saturday will be sworn into office immediately after election returns are canvassed. June 21 has been set as the tentative date, Ballard said.

The Council will see two new members, as well as two incumbents re-elected for another term. They include incumbents Raymond Scott Jr., and Derrick Freeman, as well as newcomers Stephen Mosely and Kaprina Frank.

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