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Payne files for council seat
by Gary Kent
Feb 25, 2013 | 1392 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — Another candidate has filed for a place on the May 11 City Council ballot.

Christopher Lynn Payne, a 33-year-old sergeant for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, filed at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday for the Ward 5 council position.

That seat currently is occupied by Councilwoman Florette “Libby” Spires.

Payne is a resident of Ward 5, although that is not a requirement for someone to serve on the City Council.

The candidate has lived in Beeville for the past five years.

Candidates have until May 1 to file for a position on either the Ward 1 or Ward 5 ballots.

Local attorney George P. “Trace” Morrill, III is the only person to file for a position on the Ward 1 ballot so far.

The incumbent in that ward, Mike Scotten, has said he will not be seeking re-election this year. His business has made it harder for him to attend meetings and city functions.

City Secretary Barbara Treviño said Spires has been mailed a filing form but she has not returned the application for a place on the ballot to City Hall.

Ward 1 and 5 voters who would like to apply for mail-in ballots may do so beginning March 12.

Early voting by personal appearance is scheduled to begin at City Hall on April 29 and continue until May 7.

Mail ballots must be returned through the post office by election day.

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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