The News

The city of Orange's newly expanded council is losing long-time incumbent Jimmy Sims, now that he has been bested by challenger Annette Pernell in the race for representative of District 4. School boards in greater Orange made some changes, too. In the West Orange -Cove school district, Tony Dallas will fill a post as at-large representation currently held by Mary Fontenot Hardin, although incumbent Andrew Hayes will remain on board. Voters also elected to approve a bond initiative for a little over $6 million.

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Despite an otherwise tepid voter turnout, especially on election day, the citizens who did cast their vote at the ballot box ousted four incumbents Saturday night, with the suprise of the evening coming from District 1, where Jack Chatman was unseated by Raymond Scott, 507-336.

In District 2, Liz Segler held on to her seat by a comfortable 57-vote margin, outlasting Cal Jones 287-230.

In District 3, Mayor Pro-Tem Morris Albright III had no problem dispatching former Port Arthur Mayor Oscar Ortiz, tallying 704 votes to Ortiz's 206.

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Although the municipal elections in Beaumont included mayoral and city council candidates the most watched issue on the ballot Saturday, May 14 had to do with the Beaumont Independent School District and a movement to change the representative system from seven single-member districts to five single-member districts with two at-large positions - a plan similar to what is in place with the Beaumont City Council.

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MAYOR

Becky Ames - 15,589

Christopher Jones - 2,682

COUNCIL AT-LARGE

Get Williams-Wright - 8,903

W.L. Pate - 8,422

Rhonda Ruben - 3,063

Nathan Cross - 7,075

WARD 1

Brittany Beverly - 755

Kimberly Kumar - 808

Alan Coleman - 3,439

WARD 2

Tawana Walter-Cadien - 1,273

Douglas Conner - 1,347

Mike Getz - 4,483

WARD 3

Evelyn Fontenot - 785

Audwin Samuel - 2,043

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For the second time in a month the power at the Beaumont Independent School District administration building has gone out and the emergency generator installed by Walker Electric Company failed to turn on.

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