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May 8, 2010

Allen wins second mayoral term

Upham upset Ritchie; Blissitte retains seat

MINERAL WELLS — Mayor Mike Allen easily won a second term as mayor of Mineral Wells in Saturday's Mineral Wells City Council elections, defeating challengers Rick Bennett and former mayor Clarence Holliman.

Allen received 63 percent of the 495 votes cast.

Local political newcomer John Upham outpolled incumbent John Ritchie by 28 votes to win the Ward 3 seat.

Incumbent Tommy Blissitte defeated the challenges of Ray Madrigal and Aurora Garcia to keep his Ward 1 seat for a third term.

Voters in the city election also overwhelmingly approved a land swap with Mineral Wells ISD.

Meanwhile, voters in the Garner ISD rejected a bond proposal while Perrin-Whitt ISD voters approved a bond package and chose to give the school oprtions on how to distribute its per student wealth under the state's so-called "Robin Hood" school finance law.

In a race for two at-large seats in the Strawn ISD election, newcomers Reese Sparks and Craig Abbott won over Amos Mallory board President Terry Thornton. SISD also has an unfilled one-year-term position open. Board member Ray Ratliff will move into this seat.

Gordon ISD also held an election in which four candidates vied for two at-large places. Incumbent Milo Moffit and newcomer Justin Scrivner won over Melissa Rouse Mahan and Shad Kline.

Graford ISD incumbents Mike Pendergraft and Eddie Laney held onto their at-large seats in with Cole Hargrove finishing third.

See Sunday's Index for more on the local elections results.

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