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June 25, 2011

Crawford wins runoff election for Vidor mayor seat

VIDOR — Ken Crawford is the new mayor of the City of Vidor.

Crawford defeated Don Eicher in a runoff election Saturday at Vidor Junior High School to determine the next mayor in the City of Vidor. Crawford won with 279 votes, while Eicher received 154 votes.

Crawford's victory on Saturday continues a trend from 2010 as Vidor residents have elected five new councilmembers in the past two elections.

"The tax-payers have spoken, and they want change," Crawford said immediately following his victory. "I want the council to get back to dealing with the public and working with them. Our job is to serve them, and that's what we need to do."

Crawford knows there is a lot of work ahead, but he is confident that he and council can do what is best for the citizens.

"People are putting houses up for sale everywhere, and are moving out of the city," he said. "We want people to want to live here, not to move away. We have a new, progressive council, and we'll make Vidor a place people want to be."

A total of 219 ballots were submitted through early voting, including a daily high of 46 on Tuesday. Crawford received 136 votes during early voting, and 143 on election day for a total of 279. Eicher received 85 votes during early voting, and 69 on election day for a total of 154.

Five candidates were on the ballot for the May 14 general election but none received more than 50 percent of the votes. Crawford received 251 votes for mayor, or approximately 39 percent of the voting total during the May election. Eicher, former Ward 1 councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem, received approximately 30 percent.

Mayor Ray Long opted not to seek re-election earlier this spring.

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