Dispute over election of PA City Council position set for trial in November

By David Yates | Aug 14, 2017

PORT ARTHUR – In May, Tiffany Hamilton was a candidate for Port Arthur City Councilmember for District 2, losing the race by three votes.

A month later, she filed suit against the winner, “Cal” Jones, asserting a number of eligible voters were not allowed to vote by election officials on the “improper” grounds that the voters did not live in the proper voting district.

A status conference was held on the case earlier this month. The case has been set for trial on Nov. 20, according to a courthouse official.

Hamilton further believes there were a number of voters who were not eligible to vote in the election but had their votes counted regardless.

Hamilton received 148 votes while Jones captured 151 votes.

“The number of illegal votes that were counted when combined with the number of eligible voters who were not permitted to cast ballots in this election is in a number sufficient to change the outcome of this election,” the suit states.

Hamilton is asking the court to declare her the winner.

She is represented by Randall Buck Wood, attorney for the Austin law firm Ray & Wood.

Judge Justin Sanderson, 60th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B-200246

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