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Mayor resigns, power shift looms

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The Ellis County Press

Wilmer- Mayor Don Hudson resigned Tuesday night to move to his recently completed home near Palmer to spend more time with his family, opening up the mayoral seat several months into Hudson's second term.

Councilman Eugene Lowe, who beat Hudson in his first attempt to run for mayor, was ecstatic when he heard the news, “ I can't jump up and down right now because I might hit my head.”

Mayor Pro-Tem Matias Leal, who was elected in May, will serve as mayor of the now-five-member council until the Wilmer city council decides to vote for a replacement or not.

“There has been no discussion if we will [bring someone new in]” said councilwoman Tiny Lange.

Hudson's supporters currently have a 3-2 majority on the council; Eugene Lowe and Dean Rolison oppose Hudson's political majority on numerous issues.

Lange, who has bought a 15- acre wooded farm in Gilmer,TX is rumored to be on her way out was well.

“ I don't even have my house up for sale here yet. The property isn't even cleared yet.. That's for when we retire somewhere [down the line] like in a year or two or even three.”said Lange.

Some are questioning whether this will mean Hudson's opponents - led by ex-mayor Linda Root - will regain control.

Root, whom Hudson defeated in 2004, supported registered sex offender Brian Sliter earlier this year in Hudson's tight re-election race.

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