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Runoff election set for Dec. 8

 

In a little over a month, Port Arthur voters will go back to the polls to elect a new city councilmember, this time with a choice of two candidates seeking the unexpired Position 7 seat left vacant when Derrick Freeman announced plans to run for mayor.

The top two vote getters, Charlotte Moses and Reginald D. Trainer Sr., will face each other in a runoff election scheduled for Dec. 8 to fill the position.

Of the four candidates seeking the at-large seat, Moses, Trainer, Thomas J. Henderson, and Antoine “Ton” Freeman, Moses received 1,022, or 46.20 percent of the vote compared to Trainer’s 562, or 2.41 percent. Neither candidate generated more than 50 percent of the vote required to avoid a runoff election.

A weeklong early voting period is scheduled from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4.

Kelly Moore, assistant city secretary, said Election Day polling places had not yet been decided.

“We can choose to change those since it is not a county-wide election. We are in the process of figuring that out,” Moore said.

The number of people reflected a small percentage of the city’s estimated 2014 population of 54,548.

Of the 28,562 registered voters in Port Arthur, a total of 2,298, or 8.04 percent, voted in Tuesday’s special election.

The number of people voting Tuesday was slightly more than the May 2015 city and school election when 2,176 people cast their ballots.

Moses, 52, is a Port Arthur businesswoman and pastor of Christian Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Port Arthur.

Trainer, 57, is owner of Trainer lock and key in Port Arthur.

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