Gethrel Williams-Wright

Gethrel "Get" Williams-Wright

"Get Wright" was more than a name or a campaign slogan — it was mayor pro-tem and longtime At-large City Councilwoman Gethrel “Get” Williams-Wright’s message to her community and its leaders – do what’s right and what’s best for Beaumont.

And for so many years, she did just that, but Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, it was announced that the longtime public servant had died overnight at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth. She was 78.

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Early voting kicked off April 24 in Beaumont with just a trickling of its populace turning out to select city leadership. During the first three days of early voting for the May 6 election, just under 2,000 voters made their way to one of Beaumont’s five polling locations – Rogers Park, Beaumont City Hall, Beaumont ISD Administration Building, John Paul Davis Community Center, and Johns Library, with an added roughly 300 mail-in ballots received by election officials.

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Although Beaumont City Clerk Tina Broussard was required to remove mayoral candidate Hani Tohme from the municipality’s elections ballot due to concerns over voter registration, incumbent Mayor Becky Ames drew competition for the elected post from Jude Paredez and Christopher Jones.

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If comments from the mayor and some City Council members are any indication, the downtown Beaumont public library is safe – for now, at least.

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