(Orange, Texas)

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June 25, 2014

Spears defeats Smith in City of Orange run-off election

ORANGE — The citizens of Orange have spoken and selected their newest council member following a run-off election this past weekend.

Larry Spears Jr. received 56.77 percent of the vote on Saturday, June 21 and was elected to the at-large Place 6 seat on Orange City Council. Spears defeated candidate Cullin Smith by a vote total of 348-265 in the first ever City of Orange Run-off Election.

Spears received the majority of votes during early voting, and at three of the four election day locations this past Saturday.

Spears had 230 early votes, while Smith received 212. At the Salvation Army location in District 1, Spears won the box 22-6. He also won the box at North Early Learning Center in District 3 by a count of 47-11, and the District 4 box at West Orange-Stark Middle School, 35-7.

Smith received the most votes at the District 2 location at Little Cypress Intermediate School over Spears, 29-14.

In the May 10 City of Orange election, candidate Larry Spears Jr. received the most votes in the race for the Position 6 seat with a total of 354 votes, while candidate Cullin Smith had 318 votes and incumbent Charles Guillory received 183 votes. Spears did not receive more than 50 percent of the vote total at that time, so a runoff election was needed. This was the first time a run-off election has been required under the new redistricting plan initiated by the city a couple of years ago. Under the new redistricting policy, the city is required to hold a run-off election for all seats which have a three-year term.

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