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Calame rolls to easy special election victory

Calame is a newcomer, but not to council work, having served as mayor of Wortham. Calame is a newcomer, but not to council work, having served as mayor of Wortham. Doug Calame rolled up an easy victory Saturday to win the remainder of an unexpired term on the Rockdale City Council.

Calame, the only candidate on the ballot, drew 139 votes. Write-in candidate Donald “Duck” Shuffield, drew 27. That’s an 84-percent to 16-percent margin.

The election was notable in that more people actually voted before Saturday than on election day.

City Secretary Terry Blanchard noted that 82 persons cast early ballots at City Hall and there were two absentee ballots received, a total of 84.

Votes of 82 persons were counted on Saturday and an 83rd person cast a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot is one cast where voter eligibility is in question.

The prov isional ballot w ill be returned to the Early Voting Ballot Board which will meet and decide whether to count the ballot depending upon the voter registrar’s opinion.

City council members canvassed the returns Wednesday morning.

A date has not yet been set to swear in Calame.

Saturday’s election was to fill the unexpired term of Councilman Griffin Rogers.

That term expires in May, 2011.


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