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Wilmer Mayor’s supporters gain two seats

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The Ellis County Press

WILMER - Supporters of Mayor Linda Root grabbed two of three at-large city council seats Saturday, May 3, but it wasn't enough for a majority.

Henry Martinez, an incumbent and political newcomer Marlena Hagen, garnered 237 and 231 votes, respectively. Incumbent council member Don Hudson, a vocal critic of Root, received 225 votes to win another two-year term.

Fourth-place finisher Steve Magyar received 219 votes, with Dean Rolison garnering 211. Incumbent Jesse Petton lost his re-election bid, and received 193 votes. Ron Miles finished last with 25 total votes.

Martinez, Hagen and Magyar were billed as 'Team Wilmer,' a group who call themselves a third 'faction' of residents trying to gain control of the city.

Two prominent factions have controlled the political landscape for at least 15 years, according to residents there.

One group, consisting of council members Hudson, Billy Wickliffe and Tiny Lange, opposes the 'chamber of commerce side,' a group linked to Team Wilmer.

A power shift in December gave the Root opponents control of the city and according to Team Wilmer, the May 3 elections were their attempts to regain it.

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