Highlights from the 2017 municipal election

Mandie Peel celebrates with family at Jerry Nelson’s Hill Country.

Seeking – and garnering – re-election in the city of Beaumont were At-Large Council members Gethrel “Get” Williams-Wright and W.L. Pate, and Mayor Becky Ames.

New to the City Council dais will be Ward 1 representative Virginia Jordan, who handily took a majority vote from incumbent Claude Guidroz.

Guidroz said his good-byes during Beaumont City Council on Tuesday, May 9. All incoming and re-elected Beaumont City Council members will be sworn into office May 16.

In the Beaumont ISD Board of Trustees races, the two At-Large candidates taking top votes were Mandie Peel and Denise Wallace-Spooner. Both candidates pledged to keep student achievement at the center of their decisions.

“Our children are our future,” Peel said. “A confident, well-educated child becomes a successful adult.”

Newly elected to individual district seats were unopposed candidate Charles Daleo in District 1, the only returning former board member Zenobia Bush for District 2, Thomas Sigee was unopposed in District 3, Kevin Reece in District 4, and for District 5, Beaumont Public Schools Foundation veteran Nathan Cross.

LCM CISD Superintendent secretary Lisa Ludwig announced that Randy McIlwain received 351 votes for place one on the board of trustees, Barry Bates received 123 votes for place two, Kevin Abernathy received 279 votes for place two, and Marlene Courmier received 350 votes for place three.

China, Texas, voters swapped out many of their incumbent elected representatives. Mayor John Walker was replaced with Butch Sanders, a former councilmember and critic of the now former mayor and the staff he hired. Incumbent District B rep Amanda Ferguson fell two votes short of retaining her seat as newcomer Shirley Hodges takes 36 votes to Ferguson’s 34. In District A, Oneka “Joy” Gillam was unopposed.

And in Port Arthur, contested races were decided by voters in six council seat elections. Former mayoral candidate Janice Milo was bested in District 1 by Raymond Scott Jr.; in District 2, Cal Jones triumphed over incumbent Tiffany Hamilton; Thomas Kinlaw took the most votes in District 3 over former city police chief Mark Blanton; Clonie Ambroise Jr. and Alicia Marshall lost District 4’s race to Harold Doucet; District 7’s Charlotte Moses overcame challenger Morris Albright III by more than 500 votes; and in District 8, Kaprina Frank scored roughly 62 percent of the vote against challenger Kevin Christopher.

Two Port Arthur ISD trustees were selected from a slate of four in Kenneth Loftin Sr. and Dianne Brown.