PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

May 11, 2013

Prince wins new term as PA mayor

Sherry Koonce
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Incumbent Mayor Deloris “Bobbie” Prince will serve another term leading the city after defeating two challengers for the job she has held since 2007.

Prince, 68, was re-elected Saturday with 1,751 votes, or 54.18 percent of the vote in an election where voter  turnout was low.

Of the city’s 36,524 registered voters, only 3,305, or 9.05 percent, went to the polls.

Harold Doucet, 62,  received 1,390  votes, or 43.01 percent. Lowra A. Reado-Harrison received 91 votes, or 2.82 percent.

“I am just so happy right now,” Prince said after hearing the results of Saturday’s election. “I am thankful to God for the confidence the people of Port Arthur have put in me.”

Prince said there is a lot of work left to do, to get Port Arthur  where it needs to be.

The city needs to find money for infrastructure improvements, she said.

Prince plans to sit down with the city manager and have a long conversation about the city’s needs, and how best to meet those needs.

“I am ready to continue working,” she said.

During the last six years, Prince has guided Port Arthur through major hurricanes while working to expand the city’s fire and police forces and bringing new businesses to town, just to name a few of the accomplishments of which she is most proud.

Doucet is District 4 City Councilman, but will have to vacate his seat since he ran unsuccessfully for the mayoral position.

Among the accomplishments Prince cited that she tackled while mayor  include constructing a health clinic on the West Side with the help of donations from Valero Energy Corp. She has also spearheaded infrastructure improvements and demolition of dangerous commercial and residential buildings — many damaged from Hurricanes Rita and Ike.

This will be Prince’s last term to serve as mayor because of term limits.

skoonce @panews.com