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May 10, 2014

Incumbents Kinlaw, Lofton re-elected to PAISD board

PORT ARTHUR — Two incumbents will keep their seats on the Port Arthur Independent School District board of trustees.

Voters re-elected Thomas Kinlaw, III, and Kenneth Lofton, Sr., on Saturday.

Kinlaw won decisively with 39.1 percent of the vote — 1,640 of the 4,200 ballots cast. The 45-year-old retired United States Army captain expressed his gratitude to the citizens of Port Arthur for re-electing him to a position he has held for three years.

“We have a good community here, and it's a good feeling to know that they want to continue the progression of Port Arthur and the school district,” Kinlaw said. “I’m glad that people have faith in me to continue leading their students. I’m going to continue to do that — I’ll always fight for the kids.”

Lofton, 42, narrowly defeated transit planner Debra Ambroise with 21.8 percent, or 917 votes — just 18 more than Ambroise’s 899, or 21.4 percent. The U.S. Postal Service clerk, who was first elected to the board in 2008, said that he hopes to continue leading the district in a positive direction.

“It was a hard-fought battle, but I’m glad the people got out and voted for me today,” Lofton said. “Our school district is on the uprise. We have a lot of work to do, but I do believe that in the next three years, we will be one of the best districts in the state of Texas.”

Anthony McDaniel and Efrain Avendano rounded out the results with 562 and 182 votes, respectively. McDaniel earned 13.4 percent, and Avendano 4.4 percent.

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