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Incumbent wins hands-down
by Gary Kent
May 16, 2012 | 972 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — City Councilman John Govella Fulghum will serve another two years, this time representing Ward 4, the ward in which he was first elected about 20 years ago.

Also, the city will continue funneling one-eighth of its annual 4B sales tax collections into a street maintenance fund.

All this was decided by the voters in a citywide election held Saturday, May 12.

Fulghum, 51, and the longest serving member of the council, won an overwhelming victory against 47-year-old Ralph “Lee” Arismendez. Fulghum had 117 votes by the time all the ballots were counted. Arismendez had only 21.

Arismendez initially filed to run against David Carabajal in Ward 4 but on the final day of filing, Carabajal switched wards to run in Ward 3, where Fulghum was the incumbent. Fulghum then filed to run in Ward 4.

Arismendez tried to switch to Ward 3 but the city secretary at the time, Imelda Bernardo, said Arismendez had arrived after the 5 p.m. deadline for filing on March 5.

The street maintenance fund issue, which initially was passed by the voters four years ago, also received overwhelming approval.

The issue must be approved by the voters every four years.

This time 119 voters were in favor of the program. Only 15 voted against it.

The City Council had scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, May 15, to swear in the council members and reorganize the body by electing a mayor and mayor pro tem.

However, the meeting had to be canceled because of a lack of a three-member quorum.

Interim City Secretary Tami DuBois said the council will take care of that at its next meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at City Hall.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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