Tohme dropped from mayoral ballot, Gallaspy announces at-large bid

Hani Tohme has been declared ineligible to run for Beaumont mayor because he did not re-register to vote in the city ahead of the filing deadline, KFDM News has learned.

Tohme, who was previously the city's water utilities director, planned to challenge Mayor Becky Ames in the May 6 election.

But Ames requested Tohme be taken off the ballot because he did not register to vote in Beaumont until January.

Tohme had been registered in Port Arthur.

Jude Paredez, a perennial candidate, has filed to run against Ames. Paredez ran for mayor in 2015, coming in third with 156 votes.

In other Beaumont election developments, Beth Gallaspy on Wednesday announced her candidacy for an at-large seat.

Gallaspy has lived in Beaumont for more than 20 years, previously working as a reporter for the Beaumont Enterprise where she covered the city council.

Gallaspy would be challenging incumbents W.L. Pate Jr. and Gethrel Williams-Wright. The candidates finishing in the top two would win the election.

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