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March 7, 2013

Port cancels election

PORT ARTHUR — The Port of Port Arthur canceled its election for two commissioner seats Wednesday morning. Only the incumbents had filed to fill the seats by the March 1 deadline.

The election costs approximately $30,000, said Floyd Gaspard, executive port director. But since no one filed against the incumbents, the port would not need to spend the taxpayer’s money on an election.

The two seats that were up for election are occupied by Mark Underhill and Raymond Johnson. Underhill has served on the port board of commissioners since 2001, and Johnson has served since 1987, Gaspard said. Each seat has a six-year term limit, and there are five commissioner seats.

Underhill and Johnson will be sworn in again on May 11.

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