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Phillips new councilman

66 turn out for special election in east ward


Leroy Phillips follows his late father, Earnest Phillips, to the city council. Earnest Phillips represented the east ward from 1990 to 2000. Leroy Phillips follows his late father, Earnest Phillips, to the city council. Earnest Phillips represented the east ward from 1990 to 2000. Leroy Phillips was elected to an east ward seat on Rockdale’s City Council Saturday, out-polling Denise Holmes Wallace 42-24 in a rare December special election.

Turnout was 66, with 49 voting early and 17 persons coming to the polls at City Hall on Saturday.

That compares to 106 who voted in the regular east ward election in May.

Phillips out-polled Wallace 31-18 in early voting and 11-6 on election day.

GENERATIONS—He will replace Melody Dawson, who resigned in September, citing family and time constraints.

That east ward position will continue to have a generational flavor.

Phillips’ late father, Earnest, served as an east ward city councilman from 1990 to 2000.

Dawson’s mother, Dr Fannie Lovelady- Spain, was an east ward council member from 2002 to 2005.

(There has already been a father-son council duo. Former Mayor Wallace Jones served on the council before being elected mayor. His father, the late Clyde Jones, had also been a council member.)

CANVASS—Votes will be canvassed during a special session of the city council at 10 a.m. Monday at City Hall.

City Secretary Terry Blanchard said the new council member will be sworn in during the council’s next regular session Jan. 13.

The term to which Phillips was elected expires in spring, 2014, and will be on the ballot in the next regularly scheduled city election.

Term of councilman Doug Calame is also expiring.

Dawson’s term ran from 2011 to 2014 and Saturday’s election was for the unexpired portion.

There have been only five members serving on the city council, along with the mayor, since the September resignation.


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