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Low voter turnouts re-elect incumbents
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TRINITY – With only one opposed race on each ballot, it was a case of low voter turnout in Saturday’s city council and hospital board election. However, the low turnout proved to be good for both of the incumbents, who were re-elected to new two-year terms in office by handy margins. On the city side, longtime Councilman Neal Smith was re-elected to his Position 4 seat, defeating former council member Phillip Morrison by a margin of 228 votes (55.7%) to 181. The Position 5 council seat also was open this year but incumbent Billy Joe Slaughter was unopposed in his re-election bid. He received 251 votes during the election. The winning margin in the sole hospital board race was even wider with incumbent Jerry Russ defeating challenger Janice Drake Smith by a margin of 129 (63.2%) to 75. Russ was returned to his Position 9 seat on the Trinity Memorial Hospital District’s board of trustees. Four other hospital board seats were on Saturday’s ballot but in all four cases, the incumbents were unchallenged. The unofficial vote counts for those candidates included: • Position 1, Jim Rippey received 104 votes. • Position 3, Marguery Williams received 96 votes. • Position 5, Lois Saldana received 124 votes. • Position 7, Cheryl Spearman received 106 votes. The city council was scheduled to have met Tuesday night to canvass the election results and to administer to oath of office to the winners of that election. The hospital board canvas is planned for Monday, May 23.