Pine Forest City Council candidate disqualified

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Pine Forest resident and Vidor business owner Janet Smith was appointed at the Place 1 Pine Forest City Councilperson after candidate James McCullar was disqualified on Election Day. Ms. Smith said that she volunteers in many ways to serve her community and “My service is what I like to do. I like to make a difference.”

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Pine Forest Place 2 City Councilmember Tim Townley (left) and Pine Forest Mayor Cathy Nagel both take their oaths of office as they are sworn-in for new terms on the Pine Forest City Council last Thursday night.

During Saturday’s, May 4, 2019 City of Pine Forest Municipal Election, Mayor Cathy Nagle issued an Administrative Declaration of Ineligibility of Candidate, Mr. James McCullar, who was about to be elected as the unopposed candidate for Pine Forest City Council, Place 1.

According to Mayor Nagel, during the Election Day polling at the Raymond Gould Community Center on Saturday, Mr. McCullar went to the polling place to cast his ballot in the City of Pine Forest Municipal Election and in the Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustees Election. When Mr. McCullar presented his identification to the poll workers so they might issue him a blank ballot to stick in the voting machine, the poll worker found that Mr. McCullar was not registered to vote at his current City of Pine Forest residence.

Now, McCullar was still registered to vote at his previous Orange County address and so the poll worker issued him a ballot to vote only in the Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustees Election and denied him a ballot to vote in the City of Pine Forest election.

 

 

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