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Judge upholds Port Arthur councilman's victory over incumbent

A lawsuit alleging citizens were denied the right to vote has ended and the election of Port Arthur City Councilman Carroll Jones was upheld.

A lawsuit alleging citizens were denied the right to vote has ended and the election of Port Arthur City Councilman Carroll Jones was upheld.

Former councilwoman Tiffany Hamilton was an incumbent when she lost to Jones by three votes last May. She alleged three people were denied their right to vote

An attorney for Jones says evidence at trial showed no voter was prevented from voting, though one voter did receive an improper ballot. That particular voter did not raise a complaint until after casting a vote.

Tom Kelley, an attorney for Jones, said he's happy Jones can get back to work as a councilman.

"He has a servant’s heart," Kelley said of his client in a statement. "The good people of Port Arthur are lucky to have him."

The case was tried in Houston March 19 before Judge John T. Wooldridge.

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