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Center recalls mayor, two trustees

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 20th, 2013

Courier editor

CENTER — Center voters recalled two town trustees and the mayor in a special election on Tuesday, with one trustee retaining his position.

In preliminary totals released by Center Town Clerk & Treasurer Christian R. Samora on Wednesday, Mayor Susan Banning was recalled by a 253-218 vote, and trustees John Faron and Maurice “Mo” Jones were recalled by 252-206 and 243-209 votes, respectively. The sole trustee to survive the recall election, Julio Paez, was retained by 10 votes, 235-225.

Center electors also voted on those who will replace the mayor and trustees. According to the unofficial results, Herman Dickey Sisneros received 270 votes to succeed Mayor Banning. He had no opposition in his bid for mayor.

Succeeding Trustee Faron will be Edward W. Garcia with 151 total votes. Others willing to replace Faron were Michael S. Garcia, who received 49 votes, Geraldine Martinez, who received 56 votes, and Ronnie Vialpando, who received 18 votes.

Succeeding Trustee Jones will be Geraldine Martinez, who received 150 votes. Michael S. Garcia received 38 votes as the choice to replace Jones, and Ronnie Vialpando received 37.

Samora said he and the judges in the election worked hard to make sure the ballots were counted correctly, with two judges tallying and two reading each ballot, “and everybody matched. We double checked them after every five votes.”

Three of the four judges remained on site until 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, with one of the judges remaining until midnight. The judges had been on duty since before 6 a.m., and Clerk Samora was also personally staffing the election from 6 a.m. Tuesday to 3 a.m. Wednesday.

He commended the voters for the high turn out, primarily through mail-in ballots. He said 364 mail-in ballots were returned from the 473 he sent out, and 115 registered electors cast their votes at the polls on Tuesday. He said 479 voting out of 899 registered voters represented a good showing.

“I think it went amazingly well.”

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